2009-01-08 / Local & State

Pa. Fed Trial Set For Aldi Religious Bias Suit

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A religious discrimination lawsuit against discount grocery chain Aldi Inc. is set for trial in U.S. District Court Pittsburgh.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sued Aldi in 2006, saying the chain refused to let a woman who worked in its Farmington, Fayette County store have Sundays off for religious reasons.

Aldi, based in Batavia, Ill., has denied wrongdoing and says it offered Kimberly Bloom time off to attend church, but the EEOC says that's not enough to accommodate her beliefs.

Bloom describes herself as a Protestant who observes the Sabbath and believes she is not supposed to work that day. She was fired after missing two Sunday shifts in early 2006.

Opening arguments are expected Monday after a jury is selected.

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