Woman gets compensated after employer forced her to work on Sundays

Woman gets compensated after employer forced her to work on Sundays

- A 60-year-old woman identified as Marie Jean Pierre has won a case against her employer after getting fired for absenteeism

- According to reports, Pierre was a devout dishwasher at Conrad Hotel in Miami, a posh accommodation for tourists and business executives

- She had worked for over a decade and made it clear that she will not work Sundays as she dedicated the day to God

Interesting reports reveal that a certain 60-year-old woman identified as Marie Jean Pierre has been awarded N7 billion by a jury after she was dismissed from her duty as a dishwasher at a posh hotel in Miami, USA.

It was gathered that the middle-aged woman had been a devout dishwasher at Conrad Hotel for over a decade and since inception of her time of working, had made it clear that she will not work Sundays as she dedicated it to God. “I love God,” Marie told NBC Miami on Wednesday, January 17, “No work on Sunday, because Sunday I honor God.”

Since she began working in April 2006, her choice was respected and the woman carried on her duties as missionary for the Soldiers of Christ Church. However, in 2015, a kitchen manager insisted that the middle-aged woman started working Sunday shifts and despite her pleas, she was ignored.

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In finding a compromise, Pierre would switch shifts with co-workers and attend church services on Sundays and all was well until she got fired for absenteeism; alleged misconduct, negligence, and ‘unexcused absences'.

Woman gets compensated after employer forced her to work on Sundays

Marie Jean Pierre gets N7 billion as compensation for getting fired (Picture/UGC)
Source: UGC

She then filed a suit against the hotel chain, accusing them of discriminating against her religious beliefs. Ultimately, she filed a lawsuit against Park Hotels and Resorts Inc. of Tysons, Va. (formerly known as Hilton Worldwide, which managed the Conrad), alleging the hotel had violated the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which bans employment discrimination on the basis of race, colour, religion, or national origin.

The case which was settled in the presence of a jury had 60-year-old Marie emerging victorious as she was awarded N7 billion, in an attempt to send a message to big corporations who try to exploit workers and ignore their rights.

Meanwhile, top Nigerian comedian, Basketmouth has reacted to the Marie's story. In his hilarious post, he stated that he does not joke with his Sundays and had to work for a brand on the sabbath day before.

Read his post below:

Just hilarious!

Meanwhile, the governor of Ekiti state, John Kayode Fayemi, has released approximately N69 million for the allowance of teachers.

This came as a surprise amid pressing demand of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) over the N30,000 national minimum wage. The released funds, according to Permanent Secretary Ayodeji Ajayi, covered allowances for October, November and December 2018.

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