Suit: Job offer pulled after religious accommodation request

Published 10:02 am Friday, September 18, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS — The federal government is suing a Twin Cities-area health system, alleging it rescinded a woman’s job offer after she asked for faith-based accommodations.

The lawsuit was filed Wednesday by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against North Memorial Health Care System of Robbinsdale. The lawsuit said the health system offered Emily Sure-Ondara, a Seventh-day Adventist, a job as a nurse in 2013, and she then asked to not work from sundown Fridays to sundown Saturdays.

The agency and Sure-Ondara accuse the health system of refusing to accommodate and rescinding the offer, and declining to hire her after she relented. According to a press release, the agency and Plymouth woman are suing based on the alleged retaliation.

North Memorial spokeswoman Lesa Bader said the hospital doesn’t comment on active legal complaints, but is committed to “equal employment opportunity for all applicants.”