Sanchez-Rodriguez v. AT&T Mobility, P.R., Inc., No. 10-2177 (1st Cir. 2012)Annotate this Case
Plaintiff, hired as a technician in 2000, transferred to sales in 2001. In 2006, he informed his supervisors and that he had become a Seventh Day Adventist and had a religious obligation to abstain from work on Saturdays. The company responded that his position necessitated that he work rotating Saturday shifts and that the requested accommodation would be a hardship. The company suggested that he swap schedules with others and offered two positions that would not require work on Saturdays. Plaintiff declined because his income would significantly decrease in either position. He was unable to arrange a swap. In 2007 he applied for other positions within the company, but was not interviewed. He filed a charge with the EEOC. The company indicated that it would start disciplining plaintiff for any additional Saturdays he missed. Plaintiff was eventually notified that his sales were unsatisfactory and placed on active disciplinary status. He resigned. The district court awarded summary judgment to the employer, on his claims of religious discrimination and retaliation under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, 42 U.S.C. 2000a-2000e. The First Circuit affirmed. The company made adequate efforts at accommodation and its reasons for discipline were not pretextual.