The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is suing a Minnesota company, AscensionPoint, alleging discrimination by firing an employee who refused to be fingerprinted on the basis of his Christian faith.
The case stems from an AscensionPoint client’s requirement that employees be fingerprinted as part of a background check. The company made the request to Harrington in a July 2017 email.
“In response, Harrington informed APRS that the fingerprinting requirement conflicted with his religious beliefs and requested an exemption from the fingerprinting requirement as an accommodation,” the suit says. “Harrington is Christian and has a sincere religious belief that he should refrain from having his fingerprints captured.”
◾️The suit asks for back pay and money for emotional pain and inconvenience.
◾️The lawsuit doesn’t say how fingerprinting would violate Harrington’s faith.