Christian Woman Awarded $21.5M After Being Fired for Refusing to Work Sundays

Marie Jean Pierre worked as a dishwasher at the Hilton-owned hotel from 2006 until 2016, when her employment was terminated.
Marie Jean Pierre worked as a dishwasher at the Hilton-owned hotel from 2006 until 2016, when her employment was terminated. (WTVJ-TV)

A jury in Florida awarded a woman $21.5 million last week, agreeing her former employer—the Conrad Hotel in Miami—unjustly fired her after she declined to work Sundays, citing her Christian faith.

Marie Jean Pierre worked as a dishwasher at the Hilton-owned hotel from 2006 until 2016, when her employment was terminated, according to The Miami Herald.

For years, the hotel's managers made accommodations for Pierre, who is very involved in the Soldiers of Christ Church. But in 2015, her boss, kitchen manager George Colon, assigned her to work Sundays anyway. Pierre was able to trade shifts with her coworkers for several weeks, but Colon ultimately demanded she show up to do the work.

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