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U.S. company pays $42,500 in Sabbath dispute

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(ADVENTISTREVIEW) — A U.S. cement maker will pay $42,500 to a Seventh-day Adventist worker whom it fired for declining to work on the Sabbath, the U.S. government said.


Greenville Ready Mixed Concrete, a company based in North Carolina, agreed to compensate truck driver Michael Cole and to take steps to prevent future religious discrimination with its settlement in a lawsuit filed by the government’s Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.


“We are pleased with this settlement,” said Lynette A. Barnes, regional attorney for the agency’s Charlotte District Office. “No one should ever be forced to choose between his religion and his job.”


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