As if General Motors doesn’t have enough problems to deal with currently, two employees at the Arlington, Texas plant are charging the automaker with a class-action lawsuit for not allowing them to take unpaid time off to observe a religious holiday.
The claims serve GM as violating the 1964 Civil Rights Act “by denying a reasonable religious accommodation” to James Robinson III, a Seventh-day Sabbatarian, and Chris Scruggs, a Messianic Jew, who had previously taken off religious holidays without pay, according to Automotive News.
Both men say GM allowed their unpaid personal time previously, but that ceased in 2013 according to the lawsuit. The lawsuit also states Robinson and Scruggs are seeking unspecified lost wages, and punitive and compensatory damages, and legal fees.
Now, we’re not lawyers, but if this is “unpaid time off,” why does the lawsuit contain “unspecified lost wages”? Just something to note.
General Motors has not officially responded, saying it’s too premature for the company to comment because it had not formally been served with the lawsuit.