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Frito-Lay Pays $50K to Resolve Allegations Employee was Fired for Religious Beliefs Requiring Saturdays Off

March 04, 2021

Frito-Lay, Inc., has agreed to pay $50,000 to settle allegations that the Plano, Texas-based PepsiCo subsidiary that manufactures and distributes snack foods violated Title VIIwhen it fireda newly promoted route sales representative in the West Palm Beach, Florida, area because he could not train for the position on Saturdays due to his religious beliefs. The employee completed about five weeks of training without having to train on Saturdays. However, despite learning that he could not work on Saturdays because of his Seventh-day Adventist religious beliefs, Frito-Lay scheduled him to train on Saturdays and then fired him after he failed to report to training on two consecutive Saturdays.