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Lawsuit filed against Taco Bell for unlawful termination

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According to a recent report, a lawsuit has been filed by the federal government against a North Carolina-based Taco Bell, claiming the fast food establishment unlawfully fired one of its employees.

The suit alleges the Fayetteville Taco Bell fired Christopher Abbey in April 2010 because he refused to cut his hair. However, Abbey claimed his religious beliefs did not allow him to do so. Abbey is a Nazirite, whose members follow Old Testament passages that forbid haircutting.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed the suit on behalf of Abbey, which claimed the Taco Bell's actions were against the law. The EEOC seeks back pay and damages for Abbey as well as policy changes within the Taco Bell regulations, in addition to its parent company, Family Foods.

The case highlights the importance of following legal business practices at companies of all sizes. Failure to adhere to industry rules and regulations may result in expensive lawsuits referencing a company's professional liability. These lawsuits can also be damaging to a company's reputation. 

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