Dismissal for going on pilgrimage is upheld Court says Dillard's firing was not religious bias

Legal affairs

March 26, 1998|By BLOOMBERG NEWS

SAN FRANCISCO -- Dillard's Inc.'s dismissal of a department store employee because she missed work to go on a religious pilgrimage was not religious discrimination, a federal appeals court has ruled.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a lower court decision that Dillard's, a 250-store chain, owed Mary Tiano more than $16,000 in back wages for refusing to restore her job when she returned from a pilgrimage to the former Yugoslavia.

The three-judge panel in San Francisco ruled that Tiano, a Roman Catholic, couldn't prove religious bias because she didn't show that the timing of the pilgrimage was part of a religious calling rather than a personal preference.

Pub Date: 3/26/98

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