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US EEOC v. CONSOL Energy, Inc., 16-1230

In an EEOC suit on behalf of an employee, alleging that employer-defendant violated Title VII by constructively discharging the employee instead of accommodating his devout Christian religious beliefs, the district court's award of compensatory damages and lost wages and benefits, but not punitive damages, is affirmed where: 1) defendant is not entitled to judgment as a matter of law: 2) the evidence presented at trial allowed the jury to conclude that defendant failed to make available to a sincere religious objector the same reasonable accommodation it offered other employees, in clear violation of Title VII; and 3) there is no error in the host of evidentiary rulings challenged by defendant in its motion for a new trial, nor in the district court's determinations regarding lost wages and punitive damages.

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  • Decided
  • Published 2017/06/12




  • United States Fourth Circuit


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