Hospital sued for withdrawing nurse's job offer after religious request


A Twin Cities health care provider has been accused of violating federal law by withdrawing a job offer to an applicant after she requested a religious accommodation.

Robbinsdale-based North Memorial Health Care is being sued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) because of its alleged treatment of Emily Sure-Ondara.

According to the EEOC, Sure-Ondara identifies as a Seventh-Day Adventist and upon being offered a position as a registered nurse with North Memorial, she requested a schedule to accommodate her religious practices.

After North Memorial said it would not grant said accommodation, Sure-Ondara said she would be willing to work without it – but North Memorial withdrew the job offer anyway.

The EEOC says that this violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which protects employees and job applicants from retaliation when they engage in activities protected under the law, such as requesting religious accommodation.

Accommodation for religious practices could mean several things, the EEOC's website says, such as allowing an employee to adhere to a religion's dress or grooming code, exemptions to attend religious services, or exemptions from working certain days (such as the Sabbath).

"Federal law protects the right of job applicants or employees to request a religious accommodation without fear that the request will lead to retaliation," John Hendrickson, regional attorney for EEOC's Chicago District, said.

"While Title VII allows employers to reject an accommodation request if certain circumstances are met, it is unlawful for an employer to take action against the employee based on such a request."

North Memorial has so far not commented on the suit, according to MPR.

Next Up

Kevin Fiala

Minnesota Wild have 3 possible playoff scenarios

Colorado controls its destiny, and that plays a big role in Minnesota's fate.

Screen Shot 2021-05-11 at 7.54.49 AM

Minnesotans arrested after 100 mph police chase in Nebraska

The pair were arrested for driving and drug offenses.

orono high school

Swastika painted on rock at Orono High School

The rock was repainted "within minutes," the superintendent said.

covid, vaccine

Walz: COVID-19 vaccines for young teens expected to open this week

Gov. Walz said parents should be able to make appointments for their kids later this week.

Both Gach

Report: Both Gach becomes 10th Gopher to enter transfer portal

Head coach Ben Johnson will have an entirely new roster next season.

Wikimedia Commons - COVID vaccine, pfizer, shot - Martin G

FDA authorizes Pfizer COVID vaccine for young teens

None of the trial participants that received the vaccine were diagnosed with the virus.

flickr - shopping basket covid

Secret shoppers rate the most COVID-safe stores

Two of Minnesota's largest companies topped the list.

Minneapolis police

Woman found shot dead in Minneapolis parking ramp identified

Police have arrested two suspects in connection with the incident.

ambulance, crash

Victims of triple-fatal Maple Grove crash ID'd as woman, 2 toddlers

The single-vehicle crash happened just before 7 a.m. Saturday, May 8.

Ray McNeary

Charges: St. Cloud bank robber wanted to 'go viral,' become 'a martyr'

Police were in a standoff with him at the Wells Fargo bank for more than 8 hours.

MSU-Mankato hockey, Minnesota State, Mavericks

Minnesota State to host St. Thomas at Hockey Day Minnesota 2022

The newly-formed CCHA will have a marquee matchup in its inaugural season

rocky taconite-silver bay

Six of the weirdest roadside attractions in Minnesota

From a two-story outhouse to a squad car's crash with a UFO, here's a list of some of the state's weirdest attractions.