Marie Jean Pierre worked as a dishwasher at Conrad Miami Hotel. She requested Sundays off and from 2009 to 2015, the company had no problem accommodating her request, which was for religious reasons. However, sometime in 2015 her manager began demanding that she work on Sundays.
Pierre sued and won, to the tune of $21 million. Now, she won’t see very much of that due to caps on punitive damages and lawyers fees. Most likely she’ll walk away with $500,000, which is still not small change.
What went wrong here? How did Conrad Miami (owned by Virginia-based Park Hotels & Resorts, formerly known as Hilton Worldwide) screw up so much that the jury not only found them guilty of violating the Civil Rights Act of 1964, but threw in millions in punitive damages? Well, I don’t know for sure what went down, but I can tell you some of their mistakes and what you can do to avoid this problem.
To keep reading, click here: Hilton’s $21 Million Reason to Honor a Dishwasher’s Religious Schedule Request