Sunday, December 18, 2011
Employee discharged for refusing to provide social security number to drug-testing personnel failed to show religious discrimination
Sometimes you cannot make these cases up. In Warren v The Shaw Group, Inc, ___F.Supp. 2d___ (D. Nev., September 26, 2011) the court held that an employee failed to demonstrate a prima facie case of religious discrimination after he was terminated for refusing to provide his social security number to drug-testing personnel. The social security number for the drug test was for “employment purposes”because without the drug test he could not start his job. Moreover, his use of his social security number on job applications and to obtain a driver’s license was inconsistent with his claim that his refusal to use his social security number was based on a bona fide religious belief.
Mitchell H. Rubinstein