T-Mobile is being sued for religious discrimination by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission after a new employee at the company’s Augusta call center was fired for refusing to train during her Sabbath, as alleged in the lawsuit.
The lawsuit, filed Friday in U.S. District Court, stated that T-Mobile violated federal law by firing the employee, who had just been hired as a customer service representative, when she “requested an accommodation” for not working three training days that were scheduled during the Sabbath, which she observed from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday, according to the EEOC.
According to the EEOC, the employee explained to T-Mobile managers that her religion prohibited her from working on the Sabbath and offered to make up the three training days at another time, but the company refused and fired her.
The commission also alleges that T-Mobile allowed other trainees to take three days off for non-religious reasons without firing them.
A prior attempt to reach a pre-litigation settlement failed.
The EEOC is seeking back pay, reinstatement as well as compensatory and punitive damages for the former employee. The commission is also seeking injunctive relief to prevent future discrimination.