EEOC Slaps Taco Bell Operator With Religious Bias Suit

Law360, New York (July 28, 2011, 7:36 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Thursday filed an employment discrimination suit against North Carolina Taco Bell franchisee Family Foods Inc. for allegedly firing a worker because he refused to cut his hair for religious reasons.

The EEOC alleges Christopher Abbey, a practicing Nazirite, was illegally fired from his job at a Taco Bell in Fayetteville, N.C., for adhering to his religious beliefs.

The action violated the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which requires employers to make reasonable accommodations to religious beliefs of employees if...
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