A jury has awarded two Muslim men $240,000 after they were fired from Star Transport Inc. for refusing to transport beer because of their religious beliefs. EEOC v. Star Transport Inc., No. 13-1240 (C.D. Ill., jury verdict submitted October 21, 2015). Each man will receive $20,000 for mental or emotional pain and $100,000 in punitive damages. The court also awarded each $1,500 in back pay.
"We are pleased that the jury recognized that these—and all—employees are entitled to observe and practice their faith, no matter what that might be," EEOC Supervisory Trial Attorney Diane Smason said in an October 22, 2015, press release.