Religious Waitress Fired For Refusing To Wear Jeans

Religious Waitress Fired For Refusing To Wear Jeans

"The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is suing a Mississippi restaurant after a Christian waitress allegedly was fired for refusing to wear pants because of her faith. In 2015, Kaetoya Watkins applied to be a server at a Georgia Blue restaurant in Flowood, Miss., a suburb of Jackson, according to a lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi.

She was offered the position and scheduled to begin work before learning that Georgia Blue had a dress code requiring employees to wear blue jeans, the lawsuit said. Watkins, who identifies as an Apostolic Pentecostal Christian, told a manager that her religion “prevented her from wearing pants,” and asked to wear a blue jean skirt instead, the suit said. After receiving no reply to her request, Watkins reported for work wearing a jean skirt and was sent home, according to the suit; the next day, she received a voice mail from her manager that said Georgia Blue’s owner had decided she “would not stray away from” its dress code policy. She never returned to work.”*

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