A former hotel dishwasher has been awarded $21.5 million in damages after a jury found that her previous employer violated her religious rights.
Marie Jean Pierre, 60, sued the Park Hotels & Resorts, accusing the group of violating her civil rights by firing her for being unable to work on Sundays, the Miami Herald reported Wednesday.
Pierre, who had worked as a dishwasher at the Conrad Miami Hotel, had requested from the beginning of her employment that she have Sundays off to participate in Christian missionary work to help the poor, according to NBC News.
“I love God,” she told the local NBC affiliate. “No work on Sunday, because Sunday I honor God.”
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