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Asking about religion accommodations

An employer’s obligation to raise the issue of potential accommodations for religious discrimination under Title VII will soon receive clarification, as the U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear E.E.O.C. v. Abercrombie & Fitch...more

Employment Law - Oct 2014 #2

EEOC Sues Over Transgender Discrimination - Why it matters: In its first cases alleging bias against transgender employees, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed suit against a Florida eye clinic and a...more

A Reader Asks: “Is It Me, Or Has Job Interviewing Become Really Complicated?”

Last week, I wrote about the two situations in which an employer should ask an applicant about a disability or a religious belief or practice that might require reasonable accommodation. (As I emphasized last week, 99 percent...more

Supreme Court Will Hear Three Employment Discrimination Cases

The United States Supreme Court held its traditional first of October meeting to determine which cases it will hear during the 2014-15 term. The Court has accepted three employment discrimination cases....more

Seven Key Supreme Court Cases for Retailers to Watch

The Supreme Court of the United States is ending its summer recess and will start hearing oral arguments next week. There are seven key cases on the Court’s docket for the current term that could affect retailers. Here is a...more

U.S. Steel Subsidiary Sued By EEOC for Religious Discrimination and Retaliation

Manufacturing Company Revoked Job Offer and Refused to Accommodate Applicant Whose Religious Beliefs Prohibited Hair from Being Cut From His Scalp, Agency Says - HOUSTON -- U.S. Steel Tubular Products, Inc., a...more

10 Tips for Handling Religious-Accommodation Requests

Despite workplace diversity and inclusion initiatives, religious discrimination complaints continue to be an issue for employers. This makes it more important than ever for organizations to be prepared to respond to...more

When You Wish Upon a Scheduling Accommodation, Dreams Come True…

The obligation for an employer to generally make scheduling accommodations to enable an employee to follow the basic tenets of his or her religious faith is a well-established requirement under Title VII’s anti-discrimination...more

The Washington Supreme Court Mandates New Obligations for Employers Under State Law to Accommodate Employees’ Religious Beliefs

In a dramatic shift in Washington state law on accommodating religious beliefs, the Washington Supreme Court’s decision in Kumar v. Gate Gourmet, Inc. recognized, for the first time, that the Washington Law Against...more

Secret to Reasonable Accommodations for Religion: Be Reasonable

If there is a secret to avoiding or, if necessary, winning lawsuits involving employee requests for religious accommodations, it is this: be reasonable. Two recent federal appeals court rulings highlight this seemingly...more

EEOC Provides Stark Reminder of Scope of Religious Accommodation

When most employers hear the term “reasonable accommodation,” their thoughts immediately turn to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). But the ADA is not the only federal statute that requires employers to accommodate...more

EEOC Emphasizes the Importance of Providing Appropriate Accommodations for Religious Attire and Grooming Practices in the...

As religious diversity in the United States increases, and in light of the ever- present role of religion in international political tensions, religious discrimination claims have increased in recent years. Charges filed with...more

EEOC Issues New Guidance on Religious Dress and Grooming in the Workplace

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) has recently issued an informal guidance on the issue of religious dress and grooming. The guidance comes in wake of several suits accusing employers of religious...more

EEOC Issues New Religious Accommodation Guidelines

New guidelines focus on an employer’s obligation to reasonably accommodate religious garb in the workplace. On March 6, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) published new guidelines that discuss the...more

Utah Employment Law Letter - January 2014: Religious Discrimination: Can’t be covered up: Applicant must request religious...

Often, employees and applicants hold religious beliefs and engage in religious practices that conflict with workplace rules and employment practices. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 typically requires employers to...more

EEOC Increased Focus on ADA Enforcement in 2013

Last year was a busy one for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), according to a report by the law firm Seyfarth Shaw LLP. During the fiscal year ending September 30, 2013, the EEOC sharpened its focus on...more

York University, Religious Accommodation, and the Absence of Bright Lines

York University caused much controversy earlier this month by agreeing that a male student was not required to meet with female class members in connection with a group project. While the male student’s reason for the request...more

Kentucky Fried Chicken Franchise Pays $40,000 to Settle EEOC Religious Discrimination Lawsuit

Laurinburg Companies Unlawfully Fired Pentecostal Employee for Refusing to Wear Pants, Federal Agency Charged - LAURINBURG, N.C. - Scottish Food Systems, Inc. and Laurinburg KFC Take Home, Inc. will pay $40,000 and...more

Workplace Word - November 2013: Avoiding Holiday Liability

‘Tis the season to be jolly. However, while you are enjoying the holiday cheer and a cup of hot chocolate, don’t forget to take a moment to assess the potential legal liability that this holiday season may bring. Seemingly...more

Global Shipping Giant UPS to Pay $70,000 to Settle EEOC Religious Discrimination Lawsuit

Company Failed to Accommodate Jehovah's Witness's Request for Time Off for Religious Observance, Federal Agency Charged - NEWARK, N.J. - United Parcel Service, Inc. (UPS), the world's largest package delivery company,...more

EEOC Sues Consol Energy and Consolidation Coal Company for Religious Discrimination

Mining Companies Forced Evangelical Christian to Retire Over Hand Scanning, Federal Agency Charges - PITTSBURGH - Canonsburg, Pa.-based CONSOL Energy and Consolidation Coal Company violated federal law when they forced...more

EEOC Sues Scottish Food Systems / Laurinburg KFC Take Home for Religious Discrimination

Laurinburg Companies Unlawfully Fired Pentecostal Employee for Refusing to Wear Pants, Federal Agency Charges - LAURINBURG, NC - Scottish Food Systems, Inc. and Laurinburg KFC Take Home, Inc., two North Carolina...more

Funeral Leaves Are Not Always What They May Seem

We often counsel employers to be wary of employment law considerations in situations that may not seem obvious at first glance. For example, prohibiting employees from using certain language on social media sites has proven...more

Seventh Circuit Emphasizes Importance of Employers Grasping Religious Nature of Time-Off Requests and Properly Communicating With...

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeal’s decision in Adeyeye v. Heartland Sweeteners, Inc., reminds employers that a very broad definition of “religion” applies in Title VII religious discrimination cases. Given this broad...more

EEOC Sues United Cellular for Religious Discrimination

Company Fired Seventh Day Adventist After Refusing to Accommodate His Religious Beliefs, Federal Agency Charged - BIRMINGHAM, Ala.--United Cellular, Inc., an Alabama corporation, violated federal law by subjecting...more

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