On May 9, 2023, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed a lawsuit against Texas-based Suncakes, LLC, d/b/a IHOP, for violating federal law by requiring an employee in its Charlotte, North Carolina location to work on Sundays despite previously granting them religious accommodation.
The lawsuit alleges that after a change in management, the new general manager began scheduling the employee to work on Sundays, expressed hostility towards the employee's religious observance and fired the employee when they attempted to exercise their federally-protected rights. The EEOC asserts that such conduct violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which provides for religious accommodations in the workplace and protects individuals from religious discrimination and retaliation.
The EEOC seeks monetary relief, including back pay, compensatory and punitive damages, and injunctive relief to end ongoing religious discrimination and to prevent such conduct in the future.
The case is pending in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina as Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Suncakes, LLC, d/b/a IHOP, Case No. 3:23-cv-00274 (W.D.N.C.).
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