Jehovah's Witness claims store violated her religious freedom

May 28, 1999|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Alleging violations of her religious freedom, a 31-year-old Jehovah's Witness from Harford County is suing Saks Fifth Avenue of Harford County for transferring her from the human resources department to the department store's warehouse.

In a suit filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore, Tamara R. Green of Havre de Grace claims she was sent to the warehouse in 1997 after declining to celebrate her boss' birthday and refusing to dress up as a Hershey's Kiss to participate in a company Halloween party. Jehovah's Witnesses do not observe birthdays or holidays. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ruled in Green's favor in 1998, clearing the way for the suit.

Pub Date: 5/28/99

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