The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is suing a Burger King (NYSE:BKC) franchisee for religious discrimination.
The EEOC alleges that Fries Restaurant Management, the owner of the Grand Prairie, Texas Burger King named in the lawsuit, fired cashier Ashanti McShan on her first day of work because of her religion.
According to the lawsuit, McShan, a member of the Pentecostal Church, “adheres to an interpretation of the scripture about the wearing of clothing that is befitting of specific gender.”
During a job interview, the teen allegedly informed the company that she could work in a skirt instead of the Burger King uniform pants.
“Accommodating Ms. McShan’s religious beliefs would have been simple and cost the company nothing,” EEOC Trial Attorney Meaghan Shepard said in a press statement. “Management’s failure to comply with federal law deprived this teenage girl of the opportunity to work during her senior year of high school.”
More than 4,000 charges of religious discrimination were filed with the EEOC nationwide in 2011. Earlier this month, a Muslim woman filed a lawsuit against the Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS). The plaintiff in that cases alleges she was harassed and eventually fired for wearing a hijab.