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Factory Worker Fired for Refusing to Wear "666" Sticker

A factory worker in Georgia was fired because he refused to wear a “666” sticker that his employer mandated all employees to wear.
The Associated Press reports, November 18, 2011, that Billy E. Hyatt claims in a federal lawsuit that he was fired from Pliant Corp. (now renamed Berry Plastics Corp.), a plastics factory in northern Georgia near Dalton where he’s worked since June 2007, after he refused to wear a sticker proclaiming that his factory had been accident-free for 666 days.
Like the factory’s other employees, Hyatt had worn the sticker proclaiming how many days the factory had gone without an accident. But, being a devout Christian, he increasingly grew nervous in early 2009 as the number of accident-free days crept into the 600s.
As the company’s safety calendar approached day 666, a number that is considered the “mark of the beast” in the Bible’s Book of Revelation describing the end days, Hyatt said he approached a manager and explained that wearing the “666” sticker would force him “to accept the mark of the beast and to be condemned to hell.” He said the manager assured him he wouldn’t have to wear the number.
But when the “666” day came on March 12, 2009, Hyatt sought a manager to discuss his request, only to be told that his beliefs were “ridiculous” and that he should wear the sticker or serve a three-day suspension.
Hyatt took the three-day suspension, but was fired at a human resources meeting several days later. He filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and his attorney Stephen Mixon said the agency granted him the right to sue the company in August.
The lawsuit, which seeks punitive damages and back pay, said the company forced him into a terrible situation: Keep his job or “abandon his religious beliefs.”
The company, now known as Berry Plastics Corp., did not return several calls and emails seeking comment. It has yet to respond to the complaint in court.
Berry Plastics Corp. is headquartered in Evansville, Illinois. Less than a month ago, former U.S. senator and governor of Indiana B. Evan Bayh was appointed to the corporation’ Board of Directors.
Ironically, Berry Plastics’ home page proclaims that “Employees are our most valuable asset.”
Click here for its online contact form!

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