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Florida salesman files religious discrimination claim

A Florida car salesman has filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against a Nissan car dealership in Lakeland. The suit was filed on March 27. The lawsuit alleges that the car dealership breached the duties of good faith and fair dealing that it owed to its employee when it wrongfully terminated the man on Mar 28, 2016.

Court papers indicate that the car dealership allegedly terminated the salesman on false pretexts. The salesman says that he was terminated because of his religious observances.

Allegedly, the car dealership normally provided the man with Sundays off so he could attend church services. However, on Easter Sunday in 2016, the car dealership ordered the man to report to work or face termination. The man alleges that his employer did not provide him with reasonable accommodations for his religious practices.

In the lawsuit, the salesman asked for a jury trial in addition to a judgment against the defendant. He further requested compensation for financial injuries. He has asked for compensation relating to back pay, lost wages, punitive damages, attorneys fees, costs and other damages.

Unfortunately, wrongful termination related to religious discrimination is not uncommon in Florida. If you believe that you lost your job because of your religion, an employment law attorney may be able to help you seek financial relief.

By discussing your case and the circumstances of your termination with an experienced lawyer, you can determine the viability of your potential claim for compensation. In some wrongful termination cases, you may even be able to return to your former job if you choose to.

Source: Florida Record, "Car salesman alleges religious discrimination against Jenkins Nissan," Jenie Mallari-Torres, April 01, 2017

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