She used the Chick-fil-A defense.
A hotel dishwasher was awarded $ 21.5 million this week after she managed to convince a Miami jury that her employer had violated her religious rights – by doing her work on Sunday. 19659002] "I love God," said Marie Jean Pierre and spoke to NBC 6 with his lawyer Marc Brumer.
"No work on Sunday, because Sunday I honor God."
Pierre, 60, was fired three years ago from her work at the Conrad Miami Hotel – managed by Hilton at that time – after missing several shifts on Sunday to attend church service.
She later sued and claimed that the hotel had violated the 1
Pierre and Brumer argued in court that the devoted baptist told her bosses that she was unable to work on Sunday and that she was a missionary, but they penciled her anyway.
hotel agreed to stop giving her Sunday change to a long period between 2009 and 2014. But this ended in 2015 and they began to "demand" that Pierre start working again.
"They had room for her for 7 years, and they could easily have accommodated her [again] but instead do it, they set her up for absence and threw her out," Brumer explained. "She is a soldier of Christ. She did it for all the other workers who are discriminated against." to work on Sundays. 19659002] She was awarded $ 536,000 in compensation to compensate for lost wages, emotional pain and "mental anxiety" – and $ 20 million in punitive damages according to federal law documents.
But the mother of six is likely to receive far, much less because of a coup d'état on punitive damages.
"I asked for $ 50 million, knowing I was limited to $ 300,000," Brumer told NBC News on Wednesday. "I didn't make it for money. I did this to correct evil."