Pentecostal Christian sues food chain over dress code

Pentecostal Christian sues food chain over dress code

Kaetoya Watkins won’t wear jeans because her religion says no. Yet she applied for a job with Mississippi restaurant chain called Georgia Blue which insists that jeans are part of its dress code.

Now, according to this report, she suing the chain for for rescinding a job offer after she came to work in a skirt.

The lawsuit alleges that the restaurant’s negative reaction to Watkins’ wearing a skirt violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is seeking injunctive relief prohibiting Georgia Blue from discriminating against employees who need religious accommodations, lost wages, compensatory and punitive damages, and other affirmative relief for Watkins.

As a part of their modesty guidelines, some Pentecostal denominations, like the United Pentecostal Church, advise women not to wear pants. And Kaetoya Watkins, a Christian minister whose parents Sam and Carla Watkins lead the Archangel Healing Temple Church in Natchez, Mississippi, follows that modesty tradition.

According to the lawsuit filed last week, in October 2015 Georgia Blue selected Watkins to work as a restaurant server.

When Watkins told Georgia Blue of her Apostolic Pentecostal religious belief that women should wear only skirts or dresses and asked for the accommodation of wearing a blue skirt, she was told that the company’s dress code requires servers to wear blue jeans. She was advised that “the owner” would “not stray away from” the company dress code.

EEOC Birmingham Regional Attorney Marsha L Rucker said:

Most religious accommodations are not burdensome, such as allowing an employee to wear a skirt instead of pants. It would have been simple to allow Ms Watkins to wear a long skirt at work. No worker should be obligated to choose between making a living and following her religious convictions.

Delner Franklin-Thomas, district director of the EEOC’s Birmingham District Office, further noted:

Under federal law, employers have a duty to provide an accommodation to allow an employee to practice his or her religion when the employer can do so without undue hardship on the operation of the company. This case shows the EEOC is committed to combatting religious discrimination in the workplace.

J William Manuel, a lawyer for Georgia Blue, insisted in a statement that the company did not discriminate against the preacher’s daughter due to her Pentecostal beliefs.

21 responses to “Pentecostal Christian sues food chain over dress code”

  1. Robster says:

    Assuming the word blue refers to denim jeans, the attire requirement would have been quite obvious to the religiously afflicted person, as would observing the business when there for an interview. Do these people train to be idiots?

  2. Maggie says:

    This is about taking her religion on a power trip and forcing it on others. She would have known about the uniform before applying for a job.

  3. Tee says:

    This is a premeditated constructive scheme to draw attention and extract money by a very immodest ,”look at me but don’t touch,” not exactly attractive, gaudily dressed with “fuck me shoes”and oversized bling watch, big shiny over- endentured, jumped up tart. I’d say if she wants to preserve her honour a nun suit or burqah would be a better option. And a flouncy pleated skirt is much inferior protection against the hoards of imagined marauding males than a pair of heavy duty riveted cowhand jeans.

  4. barriejohn says:

    She should sue the people who sold her that outfit!

  5. barriejohn says:

    I knew I’d seen her before. If you look closely, she’s dancing in the background here:

  6. Broga says:

    She looks like a publicity junkie as she primps, oozes smugness, and invites admiration for her bizarre beliefs.

  7. AgentCormac says:

    There would seem to be nothing ‘modest’ about Kaetoya Watkins. As others here have noted, she clearly indulges herself on the clothing and appearance front and by the look on her face she isn’t displeased with the results. This is blatant attention-seeking and nothing more than a transparent stunt to earn a fast buck. Cheap.

  8. Angela_K says:

    Another specious claim by the chronically deluded to force religious absurdities on others. This fool knew the dress before she on the job, don’t like the rules, don’t work there.

    @Barriejohn. I agree about the dress, looks like she borrowed it from a drag artist or transvestite.

  9. barriejohn says:

    AC: She’s a real shrinking violet, isn’t she? If ever looks were deceptive!

    She is billed here as a minister. Why was she applying for the job? I think someone was set up here!

  10. RichaedW says:

    My religious beliefs say that I should be naked as much as possible.

    Can I sue my employer for insisting that I turn up to work dressed?

    No, thought not.

  11. AgentCormac says:

    Agreed, it stinks – someone was indeed being set up. And if you go to circa 18 mins into the video you linked to (I’m assuming you didn’t watch the whole thing!), she’s at her party piece again. Someone really should tell her she can’t sing (or rap, or whatever it is she thinks she’s trying to do).

  12. barriejohn says:


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    Charles Dickens (Nicholas Nickleby)

  13. Broga says:

    Pathetic little creature, isn’t she? So delighted with herself and so immune to the impact of reality as she lives in the fantasy of her religious beliefs.

  14. Graham Martin-Royle says:

    Why should any employer have to make any religious accommodations? You’re there to work, not to promote your religion. If there’s a uniform code, you abide by it, or get another job. Another case of religion wanting special privilege.

  15. L.Long says:

    Against her religion? Is she xtian? Yes? Then she is a liar! Show me where the book o’BS says girls can’t wear pants! And the part that talks about magic saying guys can’t wear girl stuff, has nothing to do with it! I also hear about how we have to make REASONABLE concessions to religious BS. Well BS on that! If a counter dude can’t handle a plastic encased bacon…because isLame!! tough fire his ass!! In fact the hire agreement would be as long as his/her arm and signed.

  16. sailor1031 says:

    I wonder if Georgia Blue will now have private detectives on her case to catch her wearing pants at some point. I don’t believe she always, always, always wears a skirt. Looks like a shakedown to me.

  17. Peter Sykes says:

    “The most powerful nation on earth has millions of literate, educated citizens who actually believe a talking snake tempted a woman to eat a magic apple that caused her to be ashamed of her genitals? What chance do we have of talking sense to these idiots?” – Abraham Sandwich

  18. John the Drunkard says:

    America is swarming with self-ordained ‘ministers.’ Poor neighborhoods have as many storefront churches as they do liquor stores. They may all dream of being Reverend Ike, or Joel Osteen, but the ladder is crowded with struggling wannabes.

    I wonder how many sick archangels show up for her parent’s ‘help?’

  19. Ate Berga says:

    Almost a two star tart.