FRESNO — McDonald’s Restaurants of California will pay $50,000 and reinforce anti-discrimination training to settle a religious liberty lawsuit by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced Friday.
The EEOC had charged that a restaurant formerly owned by McDonald’s in Fresno rejected a request from a Muslim employee, a crew trainer, to grow a beard for religious reasons. He quit in September 2005 after the company refused.
Such alleged conduct violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which requires that employers make reasonable accommodations to the sincerely held religious beliefs of employees and applicants as long as this causes no harm to the business.
McDonald’s did not admit wrongdoing.