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Farmington diner settles religious discrimination lawsuit

December 3, 2018

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A Farmington diner has agreed to pay $25,000 to settle allegations that it discriminated against a Muslim woman.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced the settlement Monday.

The agency had sued Blue Moon Diner for religious discrimination. Its lawsuit argued the diner forced Samantha Bandy to resign when she chose her religious practices over the diner’s requirement that she stop wearing a head scarf at work.

Bandy will receive $2,500 in back pay and $22,500 in compensatory damages.

The settlement also requires the diner to revise its religious discrimination policy, make the reporting requirements clear and provide anti-discrimination training.

Any requests for religious accommodations have to be reported to the commission for two years.

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