Former Miami hotel employee awarded $ 21.5 million after being fired

A federal jury in Miami ordered a local hotel to pay $ 21.5 million in compensation to a former employee who was fired because she missed work on Sundays for religious reasons, NBC reported. 

According to the TV channel, Marie Jean Pierre worked as a dishwasher at the Conrad Miami hotel, owned by the Hilton Worldwide. The hotel knew that she belonged to the followers of the international Evangelical Church “the Soldiers of the Cross of Christ”, because of what she could not work on Sundays, and, nevertheless, the schedule was not adjusted to this condition. 

At first, colleagues changed shifts with Pierre, but the employer demanded that she came herself, and when Pierre did not come, fired her. 

A woman may not receive the full amount, as in the state of Florida there is a limit on the maximum penalty. Now the hotel must pay her 36 thousand dollars in arrears of wages and 500 thousand as compensation for moral damage. 

Representatives of the hotel chain after the court’s decision stated that they were “very upset by the jury’s decision” and intend to appeal.

Tom Tompson

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