UPS draggin' and screaming into the 21st century. No more ignoring of life style choice, religion, race etc . Why is UPS appealing this decision? UPS loses lawsuit over NJ job applicant's beard January 30, 2009 TRENTON, N.J. - United Parcel Service has been ordered to pay $10,000 to a Jersey City man denied a job because his Rastafarian religious beliefs forbid him from shaving his 1-inch beard. The verdict was handed down Friday by a federal jury in Trenton in a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. It claimed the Atlanta-based courier discriminated against 31-year-old Roniss Mason by failing to make an exception to its appearance guidelines to accommodate his religious beliefs. He had applied in 2004 for a seasonal job as a driver's assistant. UPS said it plans to appeal the verdict.