The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed suit on September 23 against Consol Energy on behalf of a Christian who refused to sign into work using a biometric hand scanner. Beverly R. Butcher, Jr., an employee since 1975, believes that the tracking method resembles the Mark of the Beast in the Book of Revelation and resigned in protest before filing the suit.

"By refusing to provide Butcher with a religious accommodation for his genuinely held religious belief, Defendants created working conditions sufficiently intolerable that a reasonable person would feel compelled to end their employment," the EEOC complaint says.

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