Advance Auto to pay $10K to settle with Shabbos Observer

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Advance Auto Parts must pay a former employee $10,000 because it cut a Jewish worker’s hours after he requested time off for the Sabbath.

Part-time worker Ron Michael Lerner had alleged in a complaint with the Division on Civil Rights that a Hazlet Advance location failed to accomodate his religious beliefs when it wouldn’t accomodate his schedule. Advance has about 100 locations throughout New Jersey.

Lerner said he was scheduled for fewer shifts when he told his supervisors he couldn’t work on Jewish holidays, including the Sabbath, according to an announcement by Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino. The Jewish Sabbath begins at sundown on Friday evening and continues through the daylight hours Saturday

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