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  • Submitted: Tue, May 12, 2009
  • Updated: Sun, September 13, 2009

  • Reported By:Greenville South Carolina
Staples
3210 N Pleasantburg Greenville, South Carolina U.S.A.

Staples Staples practices religious discrimination Greenville South Carolina

* : That's Awesome

*Author of original report: update

*Author of original report: Okay

*Consumer Comment: Striker

*Consumer Comment: Not Because of Your Religion

*Consumer Comment: Open Availability...

*Consumer Suggestion: SPeak with a lawyer

*Consumer Suggestion: SPeak with a lawyer

*Consumer Suggestion: SPeak with a lawyer

*Consumer Suggestion: SPeak with a lawyer

*Consumer Comment: What if...

*Consumer Comment: How about this?

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I am looking for a job and inquired about a job to a male manager. I have plenty of experience in the field (5 years) and worked for a year and a half as a supervisor in another retail store selling technology. I also spoke with the male manager about the Copy Center as I have worked for a number of years in such a job as well. He encouraged me to apply for a job and so I did apply to Staples store #xxxx on 5/2/09 for a technology Sales Associate but was also open to the position in the Copy Center.

Then on 5/8/09 spoke with a female manager (xxxx) by phone (I called about 7:30pm to inquire on my application). She said that she wants open availability and filter out applicants that are not open to work all hours/days and why I had not been called back. I told her that I worship on Sunday, and she said that she requires open availability. I said that I could rotate Sundays, or work at a different time, but she refused and said that if hired I would probably be working 3-4 Sundays a month during the busy times, and 1-2 during the slow times. I said that I could not do that as I serve the Lord on Sundays and need top be in church doing that. I am able to work at different hours, but cannot work during church service.

I do not understand why she was unwilling to provide a accommodation and why she filtered out me based on that reason, but this is what I was told.

The law states its wrong to not provide a reasonable accommodation.

http://www.eeoc.gov/policy/docs/religion.html#_Toc203359487

EXAMPLE 41
Blanket Policies Prohibiting Time Off for Religious Observance

A large employer operating a fleet of buses had a policy of refusing to accept driver applications unless the applicant agreed that he or she was available to be scheduled to work any shift, seven days a week. This policy violates Title VII to the extent that it discriminates against applicants who refrain from work on certain days for religious reasons, by failing to allow for the provision of religious accommodation absent undue hardship.[169]

I hope that Staples Corporate or someone can contact me and we can work this out.

Aero Dude
Greenville, South Carolina
U.S.A.

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AUTHOR: Orethrius - (U.S.A.)

I need somebody to work Sundays, but nobody in queue seems to want to work Sundays.  I run a retail store.  May I take offense that nobody wants to work the days I require, or should I simply button my lip and not be open on Sundays?  After all, Sunday is the holiest day, and as a practicing Christian myself I don't believe that anyone should be shopping on a Sunday!

Oh, and Ed has made it rather a firm point that Ripoff Report doesn't remove posted text with VERY limited exceptions ("I didn't mean it" not being among them).  Consider posterity in your future posts.
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#2 Author of original report

update

AUTHOR: Aero Dude - (U.S.A.)

This has been RESOLVED.

RIP OFF REPORT PLEASE DELETE THIS HAS THIS CASE HAS BEEN RESOLVED.
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#3 Author of original report

Okay

AUTHOR: Aero Dude - (U.S.A.)

I spoke to the Staples manager and he claimed that "everyone wants Sunday's off" and also the EEOC never got back to me about the report I filed. That will be the last time I ever file a report over the Internet. I was strongly encouraged to file in person, but I did not listen.

I applied at another job recently in a call center and they very clearly stated that they make reasonable accommodation for religious people on their application. Only problem is, that this is the only company that has even stated this. Many employers will discriminate without even making a effort to provide a reasonable accommodation. Christians need to stop being weak pacifists and start reporting companies to the authorities and start fighting for their rights as according to the EEOC religious discrimination has raised 50% since 1997!
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#4 Consumer Comment

Striker

AUTHOR: Ashley - (U.S.A.)

The discrimination law does state: "reasonable accommodation"

That's where a business has to watch it when turning someone down for employment because they attend church.
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#5 Consumer Comment

Not Because of Your Religion

AUTHOR: Striker - (U.S.A.)

Do you really believe that this is religious discrimination? Unless you have solid evidence that they did not hire you specifically because you are a Christian, then you have no basis. It is illegal to not hire someone simply because of their religion. Like, if I didn't hire someone because only because they are a Muslim. However, I have every right to not hire someone because they can't work the hours I require. Here's the requirements of the job. If you can't fulfill those, then I will get someone who can. It had nothing to do with the reason. It's simply can you or can't you? If you can't, there are plenty of people who can. Do you know how tough the job market is out there?

Quite frankly, you seem to be a little self righteous. I don't know if the Lord would be too fond of that attitude.
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#6 Consumer Comment

Open Availability...

AUTHOR: Neal - (U.S.A.)

What is hard to understand about the manager saying they want open availabilty? You don't have open availability for whatever reason, religious or not, so they didn't hire you. As others said, if you weren't available on Monday nights for whatever reason, then you don't have open availabilty so they won't hire you. I'm a religious person as well, but don't hide behind that as a reason you didn't get the job.
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#7 Consumer Suggestion

SPeak with a lawyer

AUTHOR: Ashley - (U.S.A.)

Don't let these other people discourage you.

The other posters seem to forget that discrimination in jobs for religious purposes is illegal.

You can discriminate for having to take care of your sick mother (unless FMLA case) you can discriminate for babysitting issues, or having to see your daughter.

In the US you CANNOT discriminate for age, sex, religion, country of origin, and race....

If they flat out told you that you would not be hired because of your inability to work on sundays for religious reasons, you need to go back and speak with the manage about that. Show them the law. Then if they balk, retain a lawyer and contact the ACLU.
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#8 Consumer Suggestion

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AUTHOR: Ashley - (U.S.A.)

Don't let these other people discourage you.

The other posters seem to forget that discrimination in jobs for religious purposes is illegal.

You can discriminate for having to take care of your sick mother (unless FMLA case) you can discriminate for babysitting issues, or having to see your daughter.

In the US you CANNOT discriminate for age, sex, religion, country of origin, and race....

If they flat out told you that you would not be hired because of your inability to work on sundays for religious reasons, you need to go back and speak with the manage about that. Show them the law. Then if they balk, retain a lawyer and contact the ACLU.
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#9 Consumer Suggestion

SPeak with a lawyer

AUTHOR: Ashley - (U.S.A.)

Don't let these other people discourage you.

The other posters seem to forget that discrimination in jobs for religious purposes is illegal.

You can discriminate for having to take care of your sick mother (unless FMLA case) you can discriminate for babysitting issues, or having to see your daughter.

In the US you CANNOT discriminate for age, sex, religion, country of origin, and race....

If they flat out told you that you would not be hired because of your inability to work on sundays for religious reasons, you need to go back and speak with the manage about that. Show them the law. Then if they balk, retain a lawyer and contact the ACLU.
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#10 Consumer Suggestion

SPeak with a lawyer

AUTHOR: Ashley - (U.S.A.)

Don't let these other people discourage you.

The other posters seem to forget that discrimination in jobs for religious purposes is illegal.

You can discriminate for having to take care of your sick mother (unless FMLA case) you can discriminate for babysitting issues, or having to see your daughter.

In the US you CANNOT discriminate for age, sex, religion, country of origin, and race....

If they flat out told you that you would not be hired because of your inability to work on sundays for religious reasons, you need to go back and speak with the manage about that. Show them the law. Then if they balk, retain a lawyer and contact the ACLU.
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#11 Consumer Comment

What if...

AUTHOR: Riptawf - (U.S.A.)

You were filtered out because you weren't available when they required you to be. Period.

Suppose you had a class on Saturday and weren't available? Would you file a complaint for education discrimination? Or suppose you have custody of your children every other Sunday, whether you go to church or not, and can't work. Have to take care of Grandma on Thursday nights. Blah, blah, blah.

Look for a job that suits YOUR hours. The object is for you to work for them, not them to work for you. Try praying for the right job instead of judging and accusing.
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#12 Consumer Comment

How about this?

AUTHOR: Ramjet - (U.S.A.)

Serve the lord by making a living for your family.

You religious people crack me up. The world has to kow tow to your silly ceremonies.

Pathetic.
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