(BLOOMBERG) — Dollar General Inc. must defend itself at trial against a Seventh-day Adventist store manager's claim that the company failed to accommodate his religious beliefs when it fired him after he said he was unable to work on the Sabbath, a federal judge in New Jersey ruled July 14 ( Webster v. Dollar Gen., Inc. , 2016 BL 226455, D.N.J., No. 1:13-cv-00690, 7/14/16 ).
“There’s a duty to accommodate if you can do so without undue hardship on the conduct of the employer's business,” Randy Davenport, the manager's attorney, told Bloomberg BNA July 15. “You can’t discriminate against someone on the basis of their religion.”
The company said giving Matthew Webster Saturdays off would create an undue hardship because of the challenge of bringing in a general manager from another location while maintaining coverage at both stores. Webster was in training to be the general manager in one of the company's stores.
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