CHA-CHING: Christian Woman Sues The Hilton For Making Her Work On Sunday And She Scores BIG TIME

Written by K. Walker on January 17, 2019

This lady was just granted a MASSIVE payout because her employer was forcing her to work on Sundays. Here’s the 411…

Jean Marie Pierre, 60, had been a dishwasher at the Miami Conrad, part of the Hilton hotel chain. Pierre first started working for the hotel in 2006 and made it clear that Sundays were off limits because of her religious beliefs.

‘I love God,’ the Haiti-born, devout Christian missionary said. ‘No, I can’t do Sundays, because Sunday I honor God.’

Pierre had worked at the Hilton property for nearly a decade, according to Brumer, with her religions needs accommodated for much of that time.

In 2009, she was suddenly scheduled to work on Sundays despite making it clear to management that her Sundays were off limits. They made accommodation for her until late in 2015 but then started scheduling her shifts for Sundays again. Pierre complained again but was fired in March 2016 for alleged misconduct, negligence and ‘unexcused absences’. She had missed six shifts to attend Bethel Baptist Church in north Miami-Dade. She decided to sue.

In 2017, Pierre filed a lawsuit against Park Hotels & Resorts (formerly Hilton Worldwide) for violations of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Her lawyer, Marc Brumer, said that the Miami Conrad had accommodated Pierre in the past and could have continued to do so but chose not to.

‘They accommodated her for seven years, and they easily could’ve accommodated her, but instead of doing that, they set her up for absenteeism and threw her out,’ Brumer said.

‘She’s a soldier of Christ. She was doing this for all the other people, all the other workers who are being discriminated against.’

Hilton argued in court that they didn’t know about that Pierre was part of a Catholic missionary group or why she needed Sundays off. Brumer denies this and said that ‘there were letters in her [personnel] file and her pastor had gone down there.’

The jury awarded Pierre $21.5 million.

The Hilton corporate team provided the following statement in response to the award, entered by the US District Court in Miami:

‘We were very disappointed by the jury’s verdict & don’t believe that it is supported by the facts of this case or the law. During Ms. Pierre’s ten years with the hotel, multiple concessions were made to accommodate her personal & religious commitments.’

Unfortunately for Pierre, the big payday won’t be $21.5 big because there is a cap on damages that can be awarded that the jury was unaware of.

Out of the $21.5 million the jury technically awarded Pierre, she’ll take home about $500,000 from an award that will be whittled down to just under $1 million, Brumer estimated.

From the $21 million that was intended as punitive damages, the maximum amount she can get is $300,000 per the federal court limit.

She was also awarded $500,000 for emotional distress and $35,000 in lost wages. After legal fees are subtracted, the estimated $835,000 award will be a lot closer to half a million once it hits Pierre’s bank account.
Source: Daily Mail

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ClashDaily's Associate Editor since August 2016. Self-described political junkie, anti-Third Wave Feminist, and a nightmare to the 'intersectional' crowd. Mrs. Walker has taken a stand against 'white privilege' education in public schools. She's also an amateur Playwright, former Drama teacher, and staunch defender of the Oxford comma. Follow her humble musings on Twitter: @TheMrsKnowItAll