[Ed. – Stop the madness.]
The former employees are seeking back pay and compensatory damages after Kroger fired them when they asked for religious accommodation for uniforms that bore a rainbow-colored heart.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit on Monday against Kroger for violating civil rights laws when it fired two employees who refused to wear an LGBTQ heart emblem on their uniforms.
In 2019, Kroger – the nation’s largest supermarket by revenue, and second-largest general retailer – mandated that its employees wear a new apron emblazoned with a rainbow-colored heart in the top-left corner.
Brenda Lawson and Trudy Rickerd – employees with 24 years of experience at Kroger between them – objected to wearing the new uniform because it contradicted their religious beliefs.
“The women believed the emblem endorsed LGBTQ values and that wearing it would violate their religious beliefs,” states the EEOC press release from Tuesday.