Intel sued for religious discrimination

A man started an action in an Arizona district court accusing chip corporation Intel of religious discrimination.

John Ashley Hall, who lives in Arizona, said he started working for Intel in 1996 as a summer intern in the Corporate Travel Department. Later that year he started working as a full time employee.

In December 2004, Hall started working in the Global Transportation and Logistics Organization Department.

He alleges that in September 2006 he “was subjected to derogatory comments about his religion, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormon)” by a supervisor called Jon Olson. That, he alleges, created a hostile work environment. Later that year he was re-assigned to Strategic Sourcing Manager.

Hall alleges that was “a strategic move by Olson” for forcing him out of the company. In January he met Olson’s direct manager, a man called Bob Bruck, and told him of his allegations.

He alleges that in March 2007 he met with Olson and claims he was subjected to further inappropriate references to his religion.  He then asked an Intel Human Resource rep to launch an open door investigation into his previous complaints, but was told that his complaints had not been substantiated. He was asked to wait until after his annual review before taking further steps.

He received a “satisfactory” review from Olson in April and told him that was an unfair assessment. Hall quit Intel in May 2007 and said he was terminating his employment because of Olson’s alleged conduct.

On September 23rd 2007 Hall filed a charge of discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). At the end of December 2008, Intel denied that any discrimination ever took place. On November 13th, the EEOC issued a Notice of Right to Sue.

Which he’s just done.