If You're A Vonage Customer, You HAVE TO READ THIS!
First, Vonage is sued by Verizon for stealing their patents. Now this!
EEOC Files Discrimination Suit Vs Vonage
Associated Press 06.26.07, 6:00 PM ET
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sued Vonage Holdings Corp. on Tuesday, alleging the company discriminated against a Jewish employee by failing to accommodate his need for religious observances.
In a lawsuit filed in federal court in Newark, N.J., the EEOC alleges Vonage and its Vonage America Inc. unit didn't allow Mikhail Rozenberg, an Orthodox Jew, to participate in training because he had to miss time to observe Jewish holidays in fall 2005 and didn't accommodate his request for a schedule where he didn't work on Saturdays in order to observe the Sabbath.
Rozenberg, who was hired as a technical service agent in September 2005, was eventually terminated because of his religion, according to the lawsuit.
"Defendants' management representative told Rozenberg, 'You will not fit here,' and that when he stopped practicing his religion, he could come back," the lawsuit alleges.
The complaint said Rozenberg wasn't allowed to participate in a required six-week training program because he had to miss time to observe Jewish holidays in September and October 2005. Other employees were allowed to be absent from the training sessions if they provided proper documentation, according to the complaint.
The Holmdel, N.J.-based telecommunications company also failed to offer Rozenberg other positions he was qualified for in the fall and winter of 2005 and told him in December 2005 that the only positions available were those that required him to work on Saturdays, according to the lawsuit.
"This is an egregious case of religious discrimination," Spencer H. Lewis Jr., director of the EEOC's New York office, said in a statement. "No one should be told that they can work only when they stop practicing their religion. This is a classic example of how an employer could have accommodated an employee's religious beliefs at no cost, but chose the more costly route of discrimination."
A Vonage spokesman declined comment Tuesday.