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

Author:
Updated:
Original:

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

ambulance

2 killed in head-on crash involving car, dump truck

The crash happened just before 2 p.m. Friday, according to the State Patrol.

coronavirus

Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Saturday, October 31

Minnesota has surpassed 3,000 new cases on consecutive days.

high school football

Minnesota Football Showcase postponed due to COVID-19

The MFCA All-Star Game will be played in June 2021.

Screen Shot 2020-10-31 at 7.26.05 AM

Here's what President Trump said on his visit to Minnesota

The president targeted Gov. Tim Walz and Keith Ellison at his Minnesota rally.

Screen Shot 2020-10-30 at 6.09.58 PM

Here's what Joe Biden said in Minnesota Friday

Presenting himself as the candidate for a united country, he pledged improvements on affordable healthcare, pandemic relief

Mohamed Ibrahim

Missed PAT seals Gophers' fate against Maryland

Mohamed Ibrahim tied a school record with four touchdowns, but the Gophers lost in overtime.

dnr trout stocking helicopter

DNR uses a helicopter to more efficiently stock lakes with trout

In the past, the DNR used airplanes to stock remote lakes with fish, but the survival rate of the fish was only 85%.

steve simon zoom call

Secretary of State explains plans for segregated absentee ballots

Election officials are reminding voters that it's too late to mail in your absentee ballots.

Halloween, trick-or-treating

Osterholm on safe trick-or-treating: 'I would say go ahead with it'

The infectious disease expert's opinion doesn't align with the CDC's guidance.

Related