MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's leading faith-based health care system is set to pay $75,000 to a worker fired for not getting a required flu shot due to his religion.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A state agency has determined that the Montana Women's Prison discriminated against an inmate on the basis of religion.
Bills seek to open dual enrollment to all students
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Vermont legislators have introduced bills to allow all students to take classes under the state's Dual Enrollment program.
Vermont students allege religious discrimination in lawsuit
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A group of Vermont high school students backed by a powerful conservative Christian legal organization is accusing the state of religious discrimination.
Court rules against Pfizer in religious discrimination suit
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A woman who said she was fired by a major pharmaceutical company because of her religious beliefs won a court victory Wednesday when a state appeals panel ruled that she didn't agree in an online form to waive her rights to sue.
Amy Skuse said she was fired in 2017 because she refused to receive a yellow fever vaccine. She said the vaccine goes against her religious beliefs as a Buddhist because it contains animal-derived ingredients.
Muslim nonprofit wants ordinance blocking cemetery waived
FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) — A Muslim nonprofit is asking a Virginia county to waive an ordinance that essentially blocks a proposed cemetery and has led to a federal investigation into religious discrimination.
Farmington diner settles religious discrimination lawsuit
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.
Muslim woman claims religious discrimination at Walmart job
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Muslim woman is suing Walmart, claiming managers at a Knoxville store discriminated against her and then retaliated when she complained.
Poland vetoes EU rights report not citing Christians, Jews
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's government says it is vetoing the adoption of an annual report on the European Union's guiding civil rights document because it did not call for protecting Christians and Jews from religious discrimination.
Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro's decision on Thursday to oppose the latest update on the application of the EU's Charter of Fundamental Rights meant the report lacked the unanimity required for approval.
Janitor files suit alleging discrimination based on faith
BOSTON (AP) — A janitor says in a lawsuit against his former employer that he was discriminated against and mocked because of his devout Roman Catholic faith.
The suit filed Tuesday by Arcadio Cruz says supervisors and co-workers for C&W Facilities Services, which provides janitorial service to Boston's Logan International Airport, taunted him for being open about the importance of religion in his life, visiting the airport chapel on lunch breaks, and carrying a Bible and rosary beads.
Muslim worker alleges workplace discrimination over prayers
DETROIT (AP) — A civil rights advocacy group has filed a religious discrimination complaint against a Detroit energy company on behalf of a former worker who is Muslim.
PETOSKEY, Mich. (AP) — Federal housing authorities are investigating religious discrimination complaints against a Michigan resort community that requires homeowners to be of "Christian persuasion."
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal authorities say the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has sued a diner in Farmington, New Mexico for subjecting a Muslim woman to religious discrimination by refusing to let her wear a head scarf.
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Muslim aerospace engineer has sued the Spirit Boeing Employees Association for religious discrimination stemming from a party at a lake in Wichita, Kansas.
The American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit Friday on behalf of Munir Zanial, a Malaysian national of Indian ancestry.
Religious discrimination the sweet spot for undoing birth control
As anticipated, President Donald Trump recently used his executive authority to reverse measures implemented as part of the Affordable Care Act that mandate coverage of contraception in most insurance plans. This will broaden the ability of entities to claim exemption from the requirements based on the religious beliefs of employers providing coverage.
Christian ministry sues watchdog group over hate label
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A Florida-based evangelical ministry is suing a liberal watchdog organization that called it a hate group because of its stance against LGBT rights.
The federal religious discrimination lawsuit was filed this week by D. James Kennedy Ministries of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, against the Alabama-based Southern Poverty Law Center. It seeks an unspecified amount of money.
Jury in Kansas rejects bias claim against Kobach’s office
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Jurors on Thursday rejected a former employee's claim that she was fired from Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach's office in part because she didn't attend church.
The jury rejected Courtney Canfield's claim in a federal lawsuit she filed against the office and chief Kobach deputy Eric Rucker that religious discrimination was a key factor for her firing in November 2013. Kobach was not named in the lawsuit.
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Canyonville Christian Academy teacher alleges discrimination in national competition
CANYONVILLE — A teacher at Canyonville Christian Academy has filed a complaint to the Internal Revenue Service alleging religious discrimination.
For the past two years, the CCA team competing in the Stock Market Game has not been invited to participate in a national investing competition called the Capitol Hill Challenge. The contest is organized by the SIFMA Foundation.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions is committed to prosecuting those who commit religious hate crimes, a Justice Department official said Tuesday as Democratic senators questioned whether the Trump administration's rhetoric and policies have contributed to a spike in such offenses.
PHOENIX (AP) — The federal government's bid to dismantle the police department in a polygamous community on the Arizona-Utah border has been rejected by a judge as too drastic and expensive.
But the towns will still be under court supervision for the next decade as punishment in a religious discrimination case.
WINTER PARK, Fla. (AP) — The lawyer for a Florida university student who accused his Muslim professor of religious discrimination says his client has been reinstated to the school.
Attorney Kenneth Lewis said in a statement that 20-year-old Marshall Polston will return to Rollins College next week. The statement also calls for a "full inquiry" into the actions of Professor Areej Zufari.
Canada’s parliament votes to condemn Islamophobia, religious discrimination
LINDSTROM, Minn. (AP) — The Chisago County Board has granted a cemetery permit to a group of Bosnian Muslims, reversing its prior decision to deny the project in the face of a federal investigation into possible religious discrimination and the threat of a lawsuit.
The board voted 4-0 on Wednesday to approve the permit after the board's attorney warned that the county would face religious discrimination claims by the group and the federal government.
Detroit suburb will allow mosque to settle lawsuits
STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) — A Detroit suburb that had denied a religious organization's proposal for a mosque in a residential neighborhood will allow construction to move forward to settle two lawsuits that alleged religious discrimination, U.S. authorities said Wednesday.
Georgia pays $225K to settle lawsuit with anti-gay pastor
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia officials have agreed to pay $225,000 to a man who said his job offer was rescinded after videos emerged of him giving sermons criticizing gay rights and evolution.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (http://bit.ly/2kaYnNS ) reports that Georgia Department of Public Health agreed last month to settle the religious discrimination lawsuit filed by Dr. Eric Walsh.
Idaho governor backtracks on Christian refugee preference
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter says he chose the wrong word in his recent remarks acknowledging his preference that Christian refugees should be treated as a priority.
Otter, speaking at an Idaho Press Club event Tuesday, said he believes in religious preference, not religious discrimination. When pressed on the difference between the two, Otter said the United States has an obligation to protect groups being targeted for discrimination.
Teens who defaced black school ordered to learn about racism
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Five teens who spray-painted racist graffiti on a 19th century schoolhouse that served black children during the segregation era in northern Virginia have been ordered to learn lessons about racial and religious discrimination.
The boys, all of whom are 16 or 17, must visit the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and write reports on books written by black, Jewish and Afghan authors, news outlets reported.
Baha’i minority says Iran is trying to crush the religion
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Baha'i International Community said Tuesday that Iran's effort to crush the religious minority has continued unabated and intensified on some fronts despite President Hassan Rouhani's promises to end religious discrimination.
In a 122-page report, the community said Rouhani's government has stepped-up its "campaign to incite hatred against Baha'is" including by disseminating more than 20,000 pieces of anti-Baha'i propaganda in the Iranian media.
Group makes discrimination complaint with NCAA against BYU
PROVO, Utah (AP) — A group has filed a complaint against Brigham Young University for allegedly discriminating against Mormon students who leave the faith.
The Daily Herald in Provo reports (http://bit.ly/2esb8lR ) that FreeBYU has lodged a complaint with the NCAA claiming the school has expelled student athletes who later changed their faith.
BYU spokesman Todd Hollingshead said in an email Friday that the school remains confident that it is in full compliance.
Hospital sued over firing of employees who refused flu shots
ERIE, Pa. (AP) — Federal authorities are suing a Pennsylvania hospital, alleging religious discrimination in the firing of six employees who refused to get flu shots.
The lawsuit was filed Thursday in federal court in Erie by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against Saint Vincent Hospital, which was founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Northwestern Pennsylvania.
Montgomery faith council presents DOJ talk on religious bias
SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — Montgomery County faith leaders are bringing a U.S. Justice Department official to Silver Spring to talk about religious discrimination in land-use decisions.
The Rev. Ken Howard, an Episcopal rector from Germantown, says 80 faith communities and 10 government agencies are sending representatives to the forum Wednesday night featuring Eric Treene, special counsel for religious discrimination in the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division.
US takes aim at blasphemy laws, religious discrimination
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is highlighting concerns over laws against blasphemy and apostasy that limit religious freedom in Muslim and other nations where they are on the books.
The State Department said in its annual report on global religious freedom released Wednesday that these laws, notably in Muslim countries, can abet societal and religious passions that often encourage death sentences for the accused.
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BENSALEM, Pa. (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department is suing a suburban Philadelphia town, alleging its denial of a permit for a mosque in 2014 constituted religious discrimination.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports (http://bit.ly/2a3DPGI ) the suit was filed Thursday and seeks to have Bensalem give the Bensalem Masjid approval to build the mosque, provide training for township employees on religious land-use laws and pay unspecified...
By Justine McDaniel, STAFF WRITER
Bensalem Township has temples, synagogues, churches. But it does not have a mosque, because Bucks County's largest municipality has declined to grant a permit for a mosque, and that constitutes religious discrimination, the U.S. Justice Department said in a suit filed Thursday.
The suit seeks to have the township give the Bensalem Masjid approval to build the mosque, to provide training for township employees regarding religious...