EEOC Targets Religious Discrimination in the Workplace

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3,386 charges alleging religious discrimination were filed with the EEOC in 2009, slightly more than the prior year, although the agency found no probable cause, in about 6 of 10. Nevertheless, the agency has filed some high profile cases.

The law requires an employer to reasonably accommodate an employee’s religious beliefs or practices, unless doing so would cause more than a minimal burden on the operations of the employer's business. This means an employer may be required to make reasonable adjustments to the work environment that will allow an employee to practice his or her religion. Examples of some common religious accommodations include flexible scheduling, voluntary shift substitutions or swaps, job reassignments, and modifications to workplace policies or practices.

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