Marilyn Ford: Thorn in City’s Paw

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.”

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3 responses to “Marilyn Ford: Thorn in City’s Paw”

  1. Bethany says:

    I’m no lawyer, but wouldn’t the city be able to reduce the chances of this happening again if they a)said that the particular position required Saturday hours in the job listing, and b) also had such information included in the job description?

  2. Pete Oppel says:

    Let’s respect this person’s religious beliefs. If the Brooklyn/LA Dodgers respected Sandy Koufax’s wishes on which days he could not pitch (one of those days was the opening game of the 1965 World Series), I think the City of Dallas could do the same. Besides she can work on Sundays when I would guess those of other religions would like off.

  3. Bethany says:

    Did the Dodgers know of Koufax’s needs prior to hiring him? I’m guessing there was an established pattern.

    I don’t know…but if I had a day I absolutely couldn’t work, I’d mention it prior to being hired.

    Not to mention, it doesn’t just require Saturdays off. It also means she has to get home before sunset on Friday. Have you seen how dark it gets lately? Does that mean when winter hits, she gets to leave work early, too?