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A jury awarded a Florida hotel dishwasher more than $21 million after determining that the woman’s employer discriminated against her religious beliefs by forcing her to work Sundays and firing her when she did not show up for religious reasons.
The jury also awarded Marie Jean Pierre, a 60-year-old who washed dishes for a living at the Conrad Miami for more than a decade, $35,000 in back pay and $500,000 for emotional pain and suffering when they handed down their decision on Tuesday.
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But Pierre will likely not receive the full amount awarded by the court, because federal laws capping punitive damages at $300,000 will keep her from receiving close to that amount.
Pierre, a mother-of-six who volunteers for the Catholic missionary group the Soldiers of Christ Church, sued Park Hotels and Resorts— also known as Hilton Worldwide— in 2017 for violating her religious liberties under the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
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The law, signed under President Lyndon Johnson’s administration, bans employers from discriminating against employees on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, or national origin.
The 60-year-old stated in her lawsuit that she told...
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