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    Re: Christian Woman Fired from Burger King for Wearing Skirt Instead of Pants

    I don't have a whole lot of sympathy for this sort of thing. If your religion forbids you from doing things, or wearing things related to a specific job, get another job. If you can't get another job, tough ****. It's your own damn fault, and there's no good reason an employer should have to change their own practices to support your religion. This case reminds me of the following:

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    Re: Christian Woman Fired from Burger King for Wearing Skirt Instead of Pants

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    What other end of the freedom argument? She has the freedom not to work at Burger King and Burger King has the freedom to not employ her if she doesn't want to abide by their dress code. Which they do have like every other chain out there.



    What if - what if - what if. The rules I'm dealing with are the ones that exist. They are the same for everyone who wants to work for Burger King.

    Hat, I'm reasonably sure the only reason you're on the BK side of this issue is because it is religious in nature. If it was some other kind of personal liberty issue, I'm fairly sure you'd side with the employee.

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    Re: Christian Woman Fired from Burger King for Wearing Skirt Instead of Pants

    I honestly don't understand nonsense like this. I wear tattoos and have earrings. My bosses all know this. They chose to hire me KNOWING I have those things. If they had rejected me - I would have gone elsewhere. I'd still think they're assholes for judging me on the basis of those things but I wouldn't have sued them for something which was my choice. Now if this girl had been told to not work because of her religion - I'd agree. But she wasn't. She was told not to work because she did not abide by the dress code. Which has nothing to do with religion but professionalism - JUST like my earrings. If she had been fired for being white/black/green/gay/tall/fat etc, I'd be 100% behind her. But she wasn't. She was told not to work because she thought her religion exempted her from the rules everyone else has to follow. I can't say I feel sorry for her.
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    Re: Christian Woman Fired from Burger King for Wearing Skirt Instead of Pants

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    Hat, I'm reasonably sure the only reason you're on the BK side of this issue is because it is religious in nature. If it was some other kind of personal liberty issue, I'm fairly sure you'd side with the employee.

    I don't read minds, no, but I've been reading your posts for years now....
    I hate to do this, but if this was a muslim woman being fired for wearing a hijab I'm pretty sure this would be a VERY different thread.
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    Re: Christian Woman Fired from Burger King for Wearing Skirt Instead of Pants

    No different than a muslim woman suing because she got fired for wearing a hijab, but something tells me she'll catch more flak because she's not one of those "exotic" religions.
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    Re: Christian Woman Fired from Burger King for Wearing Skirt Instead of Pants

    I doubt accommodating the woman would hurt BK, particularly if she was assured by the person who hired her that her wardrobe wouldn't be a problem.

    However, if I'm the CEO of Burger King, and I require a specific uniform code for all servers in all BK stores, I'd have some pretty harsh words for whoever informed her that the dress code could be ignored. The potential for setting precedent for future such employee demands would create some definite legal liability. Face it, there are lots of religious dress codes that a fast-food joint wouldn't want to accommodate... burkas, kirpans (shikh ceremonial daggers), turbans, robes, etc. ... so I quite frankly understand reluctance to set that precedent.

    If one's religion requires dress codes or other rules... cannot touch non-kosher food or pork products, for example... that would make working at certain positions difficult, then folks have to understand that they may have their employment options limited by their religious beliefs. A nation-wide corporation has to look toward the legal ramafications of "making an exception", because once they do they may be forced into making everyone who asks an exception.

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    Re: Christian Woman Fired from Burger King for Wearing Skirt Instead of Pants

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    What other end of the freedom argument? She has the freedom not to work at Burger King and Burger King has the freedom to not employ her if she doesn't want to abide by their dress code. Which they do have like every other chain out there.

    What if - what if - what if. The rules I'm dealing with are the ones that exist. They are the same for everyone who wants to work for Burger King.
    Oops. I missed the "uniform pants" part. The fact that someone said, "It'll be okay," really doesn't enter into the discussion other than, "Well, I changed my mind." Does that mean if she were a LEO she'd be wearing a long skirt? A fireman? Forget it. She's wrong. "Sorry, sweetie, this job's not for you."

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    Re: Christian Woman Fired from Burger King for Wearing Skirt Instead of Pants

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    Many Pentecostals believe it to be a VERY grevious offense against God for a women to wear pants, regardless of the reason why.

    They should accomodate her on this. It's not a big deal for them, but it is huge to her.

    Unless there are legitimate safety concerns. There is a lot of hot equipment in burger joints to bump against.

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    Re: Christian Woman Fired from Burger King for Wearing Skirt Instead of Pants

    Quote Originally Posted by joko104 View Post
    Unless there are legitimate safety concerns. There is a lot of hot equipment in burger joints to bump against.
    Not much of a concern with a skirt that goes down to the ankles.
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    Re: Christian Woman Fired from Burger King for Wearing Skirt Instead of Pants

    Quote Originally Posted by joko104 View Post
    Unless there are legitimate safety concerns. There is a lot of hot equipment in burger joints to bump against.
    It seems to me that a long skirt would protect you from the same things as long pants. I could understand if a short skirt were the issue.
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