Restaurant settles lawsuit over religious firing

Irving-based Razzoo’s Cajun Cafe settled a religious discrimination lawsuit Tuesday for $38,750 after the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sued the chain on behalf of a fired employee.

Sabrina Balentine, a Jehovah’s Witness, declined to participate in birthday cheers at the Mesquite location of Razzoo’s in 2006 because her faith doesn’t recognize birthdays.

The 19-year-old said she offered to do other activities when servers sang to customers, but was fired.

Razzoo’s agreed to a two-year consent decree as part of the settlement and will adopt an anti-discrimination policy for religious accommodation.

Razzoo’s said it disagreed with the suit and said it did not fire Ms. Balentine. A spokeswoman said Ms. Balentine never told the restaurant about her concerns.

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