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Sep 3, 2018

Mia Komarevic, a member of the Serbian East Orthodox Church, filed a lawsuit against her former employer, the fashion company Chanel. Learn more at FirstLiberty.org/Briefing.


Here’s a fashionable case for us to talk about: a San Francisco woman has filed a lawsuit against her former employer, the fashion company Chanel.

According to the complaint, Mia Komarevic witnessed other staff members borrowing the designer duds for a night out on the town, only to return them the next morning as if they were brand new.  Evidently that sort of thing is frowned upon in the world of fashion.  So, Mia reported them.

Apparently, that led to some bad blood.  The chastised managers retaliated against her. They intentionally scheduled her to work on her Sabbath, violating her Serbian East Orthodox beliefs, and refused to consider other accommodations. 

Mia has filed a lawsuit against the fashion company alleging religious discrimination.  It’ll be an interesting case to watch.  It’s not often that religious liberty claims make it to the fashion page or that your host often readsthe fashion pages. 

Yet, this case highlights the importance of valuing religious employees.  It is often the case that religion instills the character qualities of hard work and honesty in an employee.  To allow managers to abuse those laudable qualities is unfair and undermining our society’s dedication to respecting the religious beliefs of our neighbors.

Rather than punish an employee for their religious character, the law provides protection…and punishment for those who abuse religious employees.

To learn how First Liberty is protecting religious liberty for all Americans, visit FirstLiberty.org.

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