The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is suing Grand Prairie Burger King operated by local franchisee Fries Restaurant Management on behalf of a Texas teenager who was fired for wearing a skirt to work.
According to reports, Ashanti McShan, 17, a Pentecostal of Christian faith, was hired as a Cashier by the fast food giant. During her interview, she asked if she could wear a skirt instead of uniform pants as a religious accomodation. The employee interviewing her assured her that she could wear a skirt to work. But, when she arrived at work for orientation, the store management informed her that she could not wear a skirt and that she had to leave the store.
The lawsuit states that the result of the foregoing practices has been to deprive Ashanti McShan of equal employment opportunities because of her religious beliefs and observances as a Christian Pentecostal.
The complaint seeks “appropriate back pay with prejudgement interest” for McShan, as well as a permanent injunction and punitive damages.