The owner of several McDonald’s franchised stores in Florida finds itself the defendant in a religious discrimination lawsuit by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission after, the suit says, a Jewish man’s beard prevented his hiring.
When the store manager at a Florida McDonald’s interviewed Morteza Javadi in person, according to the lawsuit, he said Javadi’s beard would have to come off to comply with the grooming policy. The men’s grooming policy quoted in the lawsuit says “that says all employees must be completely clean shaven.”
Javadi said he couldn’t shave his beard, but offered to wear a beard net. The manager said no shave, no hire because it would violate company policies and the law.
The EEOC’s suit claims Chalfont’s policy is an “unlawful employment practice” and discriminates against Javadi.
Read more at Miami Herald.