Postal worker refused accommodation by employer to not work on Sabbath has been fired

An appeal has been filed with the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals by a former United States Postal Worker who lost his job when he resisted orders that would force him to work on his Sabbath, Sundays.

Officials with First Liberty Institute say the appeal was filed in the case involve Gerald E. Groff, who had held a USPS position in Pennsylvania for nearly a decade.

“It is unlawful for employers to discriminate against employees on the basis of religion,” said Hiram Sasser, of First Liberty. “The USPS should have recognized Gerald’s sincerely held belief that he must observe the Sunday Sabbath and granted him a religious exemption. We must protect the rights of every American to practice their faith without fear of losing their job.”

Other legal teams involved include Baker Botts LLP, the Church State Council, the Cornerstone Law Firm and the Independence Law Center.


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The job requirements are clearly spelled out when someone applies for USPS – there are no blanket exceptions made for any single employee or groups of employees – in fact, that would be discrimination – this issue has been denied through the grievance process, NLRB, EEO and courts over and over again.

This is different…

He was hired before Amazon and was given the expectation that he would not have to work on Sunday.

When USPS first hires you, you work 6 days a week. Your day off is different every week, I worked like this for 6 1/2 years because I valued my job. If you can’t work Sundays, then look for a job that gives you off Sundays. And by the way good luck with that.

But the Six Day does not have to be Sunday. He just wanted Sundays off. He was hired not working Sundays and then USPS decided it would take an Amazon Contract. Has nothing to do with the employee.

They were hired before Amazon Sundays had started.