EEOC Says Cos. Hand Scanning Violates Religious Freedom

Law360, Los Angeles (September 25, 2013, 10:06 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced Wednesday that it has sued Consol Energy Inc. and Consolidation Coal Company in West Virginia federal court for allegedly forcing a long-time mine worker to retire because the companies' newly installed technology violated his religious beliefs.

The mining companies refused to accommodate Beverly R. Butcher Jr.'s religious beliefs after he told them that submitting to a newly installed biometric hand-scanner tracking employees' time and attendance conflicted with his status as an evangelical Christian, Monday's discrimination complaint said.

Despite Butcher's...
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