The Pew report revealed that 44 percent of the world’s Pentecostals reside in sub-Saharan Africa.Mundis noted that Brazil has experienced the most growth worldwide with 15 to 20 million Assemblies of God Pentecostal believers there.A Pentecostal preacher's daughter has filed a lawsuit against Mississippi restaurant chain Georgia Blue for rescinding a job offer after she asked to wear a skirt instead of jeans due to her religion.As a part of their modesty guidelines, some Pentecostal denominations, like the United Pentecostal Church, advise women not to wear pants.
This foundational belief has drawn a large following particularly in the Global South, including Latin American countries, Africa and India.As a result of studying God's Word and recollecting the acts of the Apostles who were commissioned to start the early Church, we strongly advocate and teach repentance, baptism in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in other tongues as the spirit gives utterance as indicated by the start of the first Church on the day of Pentecost according to Acts Chapter 2," they explain.Since losing the job at Georgia Blue, Watkins has gone on to get married, start a business of her own — Preacher's Kids Child Abuse Center — and is pursuing a master's degree.The lawsuit alleged that the restaurant's reaction to Watkins' request to wear a skirt violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. No worker should be obligated to choose between making a living and following her religious convictions."Delner Franklin-Thomas, district director of the EEOC's Birmingham District Office, further noted, "Under federal law, employers have a duty to provide an accommodation to allow an employee to practice his or her religion when the employer can do so without undue hardship on the operation of the company.The EEOC is seeking injunctive relief prohibiting Georgia Blue from discriminating against employees who need religious accommodations, lost wages, compensatory and punitive damages, and other affirmative relief for Watkins. This case shows the EEOC is committed to combatting religious discrimination in the workplace."J.Pentecostalism has taken hold in many of these cultures, Mundis explained, because there has been an outpouring of the Gospel through mission work and because of the experience-based emphasis of Pentecostalism.