Virginia Beach business fired Seventh Day Adventist improperly
A chain of self-storage businesses based in Virginia Beach improperly fired a Seventh-day Adventist employee who had complained he should not have to work on his Sabbath, a federal judge has ruled.
U.S. District Judge Raymond A. Jackson ordered Mini Price Storage – also known as Central Drive Mini Storage Inc. – to pay Sean Mohammed $150,730 in back pay, as well as attorneys’ fees and court costs.
“This is vindication,” said Ari Wilkenfeld, one of Mohammed’s lawyers. He noted that his client found it difficult to find work after his termination in 2011 and is now in debt. He said Mohammed was crying the last time they spoke.
“The results are very gratifying,” Wilkenfeld said. “This is life-changing for him.”
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