This news item prompted a couple of questions with me:
SALT LAKE CITY (AP)—A West Valley City truck driver is suing Frito-Lay Inc. because he says the company retaliated against him after he requested not to deliver Christmas trees, saying it made him feel uncomfortable because of his Jewish faith.
Richard Cleaveland is seeking damages of at least $100,000.
Cleaveland says he complained in December 2004 and was denied his religious accommodation request.
The complaint contends that since making his request, Cleaveland has been subject to insults, jokes and been forced to observe other Christian traditions. It also says he’s been given worse shifts, been denied jobs he’d gotten in the past and had difficulty securing wages.
A spokeswoman for Frito-Lay could not immediately be reached for comment.
The first questions I have are: When did Frito-Lay start delivering Krismas trees? Do they pack them into the extra space between boxes of delicious potato and corn chips? Do the trees come in different flavors?
Other than that this seems like a pretty cut and dried situation. Denying the man’s request not to deliver Krismas trees is probably within the company’s rights (if you don’t like the job, go find a different one), but the harassment that took place after the man filed his request is stepping over the line and probably gives him a lawsuit where he didn’t have one previously.
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