WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a discrimination lawsuit against supermarket chain Food Lion, saying it fired a Jehovah’s Witness who requested certain days off for his religion.
The complaint was filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court. A company spokeswoman said she hadn’t seen the lawsuit.
According to the complaint, Victaurius L. Bailey was hired at a Food Lion in Winston-Salem in June 2011. Bailey is a minister and an elder, and as such needed Sundays and Thursdays off.
Bailey’s manager accommodated him. But when he was transferred to a store in Kernersville, the manager there said he wasn’t going to be able to give him Sundays off. The complaint said Bailey was then fired.