Complaints Filed Against UFCW for Union Coercion and Religious Discrimination
Teenage Giant Eagle employee Josiah Leonatti was mislead to believe there were no other options that to join the UFCW union, despite the fact that it went against his religious beliefs.
A spokesperson for NRTW did not specify what religion or denomination Leonatti belonged to, nor what principle was being defended.
“In these kinds of cases our attorneys are focused only on defending the rights of those who have a religious objection to union membership and dues payment. From a legal standpoint, the fact that a religious objection is sincere is all that is needed to create the legal obligation on employers and unions to attempt the accommodation,” said Jacob Comello, media coordinator for NRTW.
“We of course think the more important issue here is that UFCW and Giant Eagle officials believe it’s legal, let alone conscionable, to threaten a high school-age supermarket cashier with termination for trying to exercise his religious freedom rights, specifically by subjecting him to a religion test of the union’s own making,” Comello concluded.
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