MCM Elegante Hotel in Albuquerque has agreed to settle a religious discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for $100,000 and other relief, the agency announced today.

The settlement resolves an EEOC lawsuit filed on Sept. 21, 2011 for alleged religious discrimination against Safia Abdullah, who was hired for a housekeeping position at the hotel. The EEOC's lawsuit charged that this employer would not allow Abdullah to work unless she removed her religious head covering and fired her when she declined to do so.

Such alleged conduct violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which makes it unlawful to refuse to hire or discharge any applicant or employee because of religion or religious practices including requesting religious accommodation.

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