What if one is a member of the Screaming Church of the Epileptic Jesus?

Woman fired over eyebrow ring sues on religious grounds

Associated PressApr. 20, 2005 09:05 AM

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – A woman who  was fired by Costco in 2001 for refusing to remove her eyebrow ring has accused the company of religious discrimination, saying she is a member of the Church of Body Modification.

Kimberly M. Cloutier said she wears her eyebrow ring as a sign of faith. She has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to consider hearing the case.

The church, established in 1999, counts about 1,000 members who participate in practices such as piercing and tattooing, according to a December ruling by the First Circuit Court of Appeals, which upheld a trial judge’s finding in Costco’s favor.

Lynn A. Kappelman, a lawyer for Costco, declined to comment. The company has argued that Cloutier’s beliefs are political or social instead of religious.

Cloutier’s lawyer, Michael O. Shea, filed a petition Monday asking the Supreme Court consider hearing the case.

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