Religious Accommodation in the Workplace


The “average” workplace in the United States has more diversity than probably any other country in the world. That diversity comes in many forms, including race, national and/or ethnic origin and faith. Issues specifically related to faith are not only the issues of discrimination of one’s faith beliefs and accommodating those beliefs, when appropriate, but also the issues of accommodating personal appearance based on an individual’s faith as well.

Because our workplace reflects such a diversity and the issue of faith has become much more mainstream within the past decade, many employers have had to address these issues not only with respect to the workplace but also with respect to others who come in contact with those at the workplace.

The following outlines, in a very brief fashion, the current law and provides a basis for considering any request by an employee for accommodation and/or any complaint by an employee based on discrimination.

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