Red Robin charged with religious discrimination – 2004-06-14 – Puget Sound Business Journal (Seattle)

The Seattle district office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said it has filed a federal suit against Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Inc. for alleged religious discrimination against an employee.

Filed in U.S. District Court in Seattle, the suit charges that Red Robin failed to accommodate and then illegally fired Edward Rangel, a practicing Kemetic, whose ancient Egyptian religion dictates that he wear tattoos on his wrists similar to thin bracelets. Greenwood Village, Colo.-based Red Robin’s dress code prohibits visible tattoos, but the suit claims that it would be sacrilegious for Rangel to cover his tattoos.

The EEOC said Rangel worked as a food server for Red Robin for eight months without complaint, but higher-level management became aware of the tattoos and he was fired.

The lawsuit, filed after the restaurant-chain operator rejected prelitigation conciliation, seeks monetary damages, antidiscrimination training and other injunctive relief, the EEOC said.

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Kidde Quick-Connect AC Thingee

Today, one of my built-in Kidde smoke alarms started chirping every minute or so. Quickly figured out that the battery must be dying, but on this model, you can’t get into the battery compartment unless you unhook the unit from the AC wire harness. The Kidde site seems to be designed solely to sell these units to contractors; I couldn’t find any instructions on how to unhook the handy-dandy quick-connect plastic unit. Finally, after wasting 30 minutes on Google, I decided to look at it again. Standing on a stool and reaching up as far as I could, I was just able to reach the connector; I finally figured out that you need to squeze the “ears” to get the unit to disconnect. Things were easy after that; swap in a new 9 volt battery, reconnect the AC, and twist the unit back onto the bracket. But you know… a bit of instruction SOMEWHERE on the Kidde site would have been very helpful.