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Lodging company agrees to pay federal fine

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Posted: Tuesday, June 15, 2010 9:14 am

The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has announced that an Arizona lodging company has agreed to pay $75,000 to settle a religious discrimination lawsuit involving a Yuma motel.

The religious discrimination lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Phoenix last fall and charged the manager of the Oak Tree Inn with threatening employees with reprisals or otherwise forcing them to engage in a particular religious prayer ceremony in spite of their personal different religious views.

EEOC said it resulted in a hostile work environment.

The suit requires the motel to pay the settlement amount to 12 employees who suffered as a result of a hostile work environment.

The settlement further requires appropriate training of all employees by Oak Tree on religious discrimination.

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