Minister sues cosmetics company, citing makeup requirement

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DETROIT – A minister is suing a cosmetics company, saying he was discharged from his work as a makeup artist for refusing on religious grounds to put on makeup.

Barry Jones sued MAC Cosmetics this week in Detroit federal court. The lawsuit says he was working at the now-shuttered Northland Mall in suburban Detroit in 2014 when he was told that he was required to wear makeup if he wanted a full-time makeup artist certification.

According to the lawsuit, Jones was instructed, but refused, to wear blush, eye shadow, lipstick and false eyelashes during training because it violated his religious beliefs.

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A store manager told Jones that he would have to choose between wearing makeup or his religious beliefs, according to the lawsuit.

Jones is accusing MAC of religious discrimination and failing to provide a religious accommodation. He is seeking lost wages and other damages. 

Jones has been a licensed aesthetician and has operated his own beauty salon since 2011, according to the lawsuit. He's also a minister at Gordy Memorial Church of God in Christ in River Rouge.

MAC Cosmetics told The Associated Press on Wednesday that it doesn't comment on pending litigation.