Hotel Dishwasher Awarded $21 Million After Being Forced to Work Sundays [VIDEO]
A former Miami dishwasher has been awarded a $21 million settlement after being forced to work on Sundays -- which conflicted with her religious beliefs and Catholic missionary work.
Marie Jean Pierre, who was employed as a dishwasher at the Conrad Miami, sued the hotel owner Virginia-based Park Hotels & Resorts, which was formerly known as Hilton Worldwide. The suit, filed in 2017, claimed that her former employer violated the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which bans employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin.
The 60-year-old mother of six says that she informed hotel management that she would not be able to work on Sundays because of her religious beliefs.
I love God. No work on Sunday, because Sunday I honor God," Pierre told NBC Miami.
Hilton management argued that they were unaware of her missionary work and did not understand why she always asked for Sundays off.
A cap on punitive damages will likely reduce Pierre's settlement to around $500,000.