A Pentecostal preacher’s daughter has filed a lawsuit against Mississippi restaurant chain Georgia Blue for rescinding a job offer after she asked to wear a skirt instead of jeans due to her religion.
As a part of their modesty guidelines, some Pentecostal denominations, like the United Pentecostal Church, advise women not to wear pants. And Kaetoya Watkins, a Christian minister whose parents Sam and Carla Watkins lead the Archangel Healing Temple Church in Natchez, Mississippi, follows that modesty tradition.
According to the lawsuit filed on her behalf by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Monday, in October 2015 Georgia Blue selected Kaetoya Watkins to work as a restaurant server.
When Watkins told Georgia Blue of her Apostolic Pentecostal religious belief that women should wear only skirts or dresses and asked for the accommodation of wearing a blue skirt, she was told that the company’s dress code requires servers to wear blue jeans. She was advised that “the owner” would “not stray away from” the company dress code
J. William Manuel a lawyer for Georgia Blue, told Fox News in statement that the company did not discriminate against the preacher’s daughter due to her Pentecostal beliefs.
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