AT&T told to pay 2 Jehovah’s Witnesses

AT&T Inc. must pay $756,000 to two former technicians who were denied time off to attend a Jehovah’s Witness meeting, a federal jury in Arkansas decided.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sued AT&T last year, claiming the San Antonio-based company denied Glenn Owen and Jose Gonzalez a “reasonable accommodation” of their religious beliefs when it fired them after they asked to attend a Jehovah’s Witness convention in Little Rock, Ark.

The two men had “sincerely held religious beliefs” and had attended the convention previously, according to the EEOC complaint.

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The verdict, delivered Oct. 19, was entered Monday, according to the court docket.

“We respectfully disagree with the verdict and plan to appeal,” said AT&T spokesman Dave Pacholczyk.

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