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Denominational Agency Employee Sues for National Origin Discrimination

Employers generally cannot be sued for discrimination based on isolated comments.

Key Point 8-11. Employees and applicants for employment who believe that an employer has violated a federal civil rights law must pursue their claim according to a specific procedure. Failure to do so will result in the dismissal of their claim.

A federal court in Pennsylvania ruled that a denominational agency did not engage in unlawful "national origin" discrimination against a Romanian-born employee as a result of (1) a single comment that the employee heard another employee make about immigrant workers, and (2) a requirement that the employee have a doctor's note authorizing all future sick days.

An American citizen of Romanian birth (the "plaintiff") was employed by a denominational agency for five years in the accounting department. From the beginning of her employment, the plaintiff's superiors complained about the quality and slowness of her work.

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