It has cost the Conrad Miami Hotel in south Florida no less than 21,5 million dollars - the equivalent of 140 million Danish kroner - to fire an employee who refused to work on Sundays.
It writes several u.s. media including the Miami Herald and NBC Miami.
the Employee by the name of Marie Jean Pierre had in his firing back in march of 2016 worked as hotelopvasker for the hotel in more than a decade, but was fired after she was absent from the six søndagsvagter.
the Dismissal came despite the fact that the 60-year-old woman before his appointment made his employer aware that she is a member of the catholic missionærgruppe Soldiers of Christ Church, and that she therefore could not work on Sundays because she spends the day in the church.
- I love God. I don't work Sunday, because on Sundays, the honor I God, says Marie Jean Pierre to the american media.
Therefore, the defendant, the 60-year-old in may 2017 his former employer for violating the u.s. Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits employers to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, origin and sexual relationships.
Marie Jean-Pierre was on Monday awarded $ 21 million in compensation plus about 35,000 dollars in lost earnings and $ 500,000 for emotional pain, which, taken together, are approximately 21,5 million dollars.
The 60-year-old may, however, in spite of the judgment, sit back and enjoy life as mangemillionær, since Florida has a limit when it comes to the payment of compensation for the so-called 'punitive damages', and therefore she will receive most likely 'only' $ 500,000, which is equivalent to just under 3.3 million Danish kroner.
- It is here acted never about the money, but to send a message to other businesses - large or small. If they take employees ' blood and sweat, so should they reward them, or at least recognize their religious beliefs, says Marie Jean pierre's lawyer, Marc Brumer, to NBC Miami.
The hotel was previously managed by the international hotel chain Hilton, and they tell in a press release that they intend to appeal against the verdict.
- In the course of mrs. Pierre's ten years at the hotel, we have made several agreements in order to meet her personal and religious obligations, says the press release.