EEOC Posts Technical Assistance On Religious Dress And Grooming In The Workplace


Religious discrimination charges filed with the EEOC have increased over the years, rising to 3,721 private sector discrimination charges in fiscal year 2013. An EEOC religious discrimination charge resulted in the United States Justice Department filing a lawsuit on March 5, 2014 against the School District of Philadelphia in which it claimed the school district’s grooming policy failed to accommodate the religious beliefs of a school police officer.

The EEOC recently posted a one-page fact sheet on its website which offers information on how Title VII applies to religious dress and grooming practices in the workplace. A lengthier EEOC question-and-answer guide is accessible through the fact sheet.

Employers should ensure that managers are informed of religious dress and grooming issues under Title VII. The EEOC’s technical assistance is a good resource for this information. 

Topics:  Civil Rights Act, Discrimination, DOJ, Dress Codes, EEOC, Religious Clothing, Religious Discrimination, Title VII, Workplace Attire

Published In: Civil Rights Updates, Labor & Employment Updates

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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