Universal Protection Services dba Allied Universal Security Services, which is a nationwide private security services company, will pay $90,000 along with other relief to settle a religious discrimination lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
According to the EEOC, the security company refused to accommodate the request of a Muslim security guard who tried to change the company’s grooming standard. Two days after he made the request, the company fired him.
The alleged conduct violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The Act prohibits religious discrimination and requires employers to make reasonable accommodations to employees’ sincerely held religious beliefs as long as the accommodation does not pose an undue hardship.
In addition to paying $90,000 to the employee, Allied Universal will retain an equal employment monitor, review and revise its religious accommodation policies, provide annual training for employees, supervisors, and managers who are involved in the religious accommodation process, and undertake record keeping and reporting to the EEOC.