TAMPA, FL – February 28, 2020 – Gregory A. Hearing and Benjamin W. Bard, in conjunction with Adam Unikowsky of Jenner & Block LLP, successfully received a favorable ruling for Walgreen Co. in Darrell Patterson v. Walgreen Co. before the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday. The court denied a petition for certiorari filed by a Seventh-day Adventist employee’s seeking review of a ruling by the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit affirming summary judgment on the employee’s discrimination and religious accommodation claims. The employee had accused Walgreen Co. of violating Title VII of the Civil Rights Act for refusing unreasonable accommodations of the employee’s religious beliefs and appropriately terminating his employment for failing to report to work.
The Eleventh Circuit concluded that the employee refused to consider reasonable accommodations that Walgreen Co. offered him to avoid conflicts with his religious beliefs, instead insisting on a solution that would have posed an undue hardship on the company by hindering its ability to schedule emergency training sessions.
Walgreens said in a statement that it is pleased with high court’s decision to not accept the case. “Walgreens employs people of all faiths and is committed to accommodating the religious practices of our employees,” the company said. Law360 subscribers may read the full details of the ruling here.