Dishwasher in Hilton hotel is awarded $21.5M for being forced by boss to work on Sundays

A 60-year-old hotel dishwasher has been awarded $21.5 million in violation to religious rights - she was fired from her work by her boss for being unable to work on Sundays.

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"I love God," the Haiti-born Christian missionary Marie Jean Pierre said, speaking to NBC 6 with her lawyer.

The lawsuit has argued in violation to 1964 Civil Rights Act, which protects workers from any form of discrimination on the basis of race, religion, sex or national origin.

Pierre filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which issued her a "right to sue" notice. She sued the Conrad, managed by HEI Hotels & Resorts and part of Hilton collection, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida in May 2017.

However, Pierre won't be holding all the amount of money, because punitive damages, which are meant to tech defendant a lesson rather than based on the actual harm. She will likely end up with to the amount closer to $500,000.

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