A former Lancaster County mail carrier has gone to court alleging the U.S. Postal Service violated his rights by requiring that he work Sundays.
Gerald E. Groff, an evangelical Christian, refrains from all secular work on Sundays because of the fourth commandment to “remember the Sabbath and keep it holy,” according to the lawsuit.
“Just as the Supreme Court recognized in a case involving the right of a Muslim worker to wear a head scarf at a clothing store, a government employer like the Post Office should reasonably accommodate an employee’s religious beliefs,” attorney Randall Wenger, chief counsel of Harrisburg-based Independence Law Center, said in a Monday press release.
Asked about the case Monday, a USPS spokeswoman noted that it was a federal holiday and said it does not generally comment on pending litigation.
Sunday work was not required for Groff’s position when he joined USPS in 2012, the lawsuit says, and after Sunday deliveries for Amazon started in 2015, he was able to avoid it — by transferring from Quarryville to Holtwood, which initially wasn’t doing Sunday deliveries, and by agreeing to pick up holiday, evening, and Saturday hours others did not want to work.