Objection To Hand Scanner Needed Better Response: EEOC

Law360, New York (December 4, 2014, 4:04 PM EST) -- The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Thursday reiterated its stance in West Virginia federal court that Consolidation Coal Co. violated anti-discrimination laws by failing to accommodate a worker's religious objections to a biometric hand-scanning system that tracked employee time.

The EEOC filed a reply brief in support of its bid for summary judgment in a suit against the coal company and its parent Consol Energy Inc. The agency argues that mine laborer and evangelical Christian Beverly Butcher held a sincere belief that the company's hand scanning requirements conflicted with his religion, and that Consol did not offer him a reasonable...

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