Discrimination claim by fired employee who asked customer about religion Is dismissed

Howard Friemdan, Religion Clause

 In Botnik v. HearingPlanet Inc., (MD YN, July 3, 2012), a Tennessee federal district court dismissed as unproven Title VII and state employment discrimination claims by a sales representative for a hearing aid company. Plaintiff, who says his national origin is Russian Israeli and his religion if Christian Jewish, was fired after his co-workers complained he was involved in an inappropriate telephone conversation with a customer. In the conversation, plaintiff asked the customer about her national origin and asked whether her husband was Jewish. Plaintiff cites the company’s policy of trying to establish rapport with the customer, but the company fired him on the ground that he had asked inappropriate questions of a customer that made his co-workers uncomfortable. [Thanks to CCH Employment Law Daily via Steven H. Sholk for the lead.]