In EEOC v. Southwestern Bell Telephone, L.P., two employees, who were Jehovah's Witnesses, requested one day of leave to attend an annual convention required by their religious beliefs. The employees requested the leave six months prior to the event. The day before the convention, the plaintiffs were informed by the defendant that the leave request was denied, although the defendant had granted similar absence requests in previous years. When the plaintiffs nevertheless attended the convention instead of reporting to work, they were suspended upon their return to work and ultimately fired. The jury found unlawful religious discrimination in violation of Title VII and awarded the plaintiffs $756,000. Title VII requires an employer to accommodate religious beliefs of an employee unless it can show undue hardship to the business. While the employer argued "undue hardship" based on emergency overtime costs incurred when the two employees failed to report to work, this argument was rejected as insufficient hardship.