In 2004, the city fired inspector Marilyn Ford for allegedly falsifying code compliance documents. She won her job back through appeal. Awesome. She was scheduled to work Wednesday through Sunday. Not awesome. Why? Ford is a Seventh-day Adventist, and can’t work on Saturdays. So she filed a grievance. It was denied and she was fired. Again.
Yesterday, the city settled the resulting lawsuit by agreeing to pay her $55,000 and give her a shift with Saturdays off. Which, if you’ve ever had a garage sale, you know is when code compliance does the majority of their work. Isn’t this something that could have been avoided by asking, during the hiring process, “Hey, any reason you can’t work on Saturdays? Oh, OK. Let’s find you another department to work in.”