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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

EEOC Sues Star Transport, Inc. for Religious Discrimination

Agency Charges Trucking Company Failed to Accommodate and Wrongfully Terminated Two Muslim Employees For Refusal to Deliver Alcohol Due to Religious Beliefs - PEORIA, Ill. - Star Transport, Inc., a trucking company...more

Employment Law Newsletter: February 2013

In this issue: -Inspection of Personnel Records (AB 2674) -Wage Statements (AB1744) -Disclosure of Social Media Passwords (AB 1844) -Criminal History Information Requirements (AB 2343) -Human...more

Burger King Franchisee Settles EEOC Discrimination Lawsuit

Fries Restaurant Management Pays $25,000 After Firing Teenage Employee For Seeking to Wear Skirt to Work - DALLAS - Dallas-based Fries Restaurant Management, which operates numerous Burger King franchises in Texas,...more

Federal Court Finds That Veganism May Constitute A Religious Belief

The flu season has started out strong this year, already reaching epidemic proportions. A public health emergency has been declared in Boston as flu cases skyrocket to levels 10 times higher than the 2011-2012 season. A mere...more

Vegan Employee May Proceed with Religious Discrimination Claim

A federal district court in Ohio has refused to dismiss a complaint for religious discrimination made by a hospital employee after the employee was fired for refusing to be vaccinated for the flu. The basis of the refusal to...more

Recent Ruling Demonstrates That You Might Find Religion Where You Least Expect It

A ruling from an Ohio federal court warns that a religious discrimination claim can arise from of a set of beliefs that an employer might not ordinarily equate with religion. In Chenzira v. Cincinnati Childrens’ Hospital...more

Texas Court Refuses To Prohibit RFID Tags In School

On January 8, 2012, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas issued a ruling denying a preliminary injunction in a case involving the use radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags embedded in name badges to...more

Utah Employment Law Letter - January 2013: Human Resources: This year I resolve to . . . really!

Now that the Christmas rush is over and you’ve indulged in all the excesses of the holiday season, it’s time to make your annual New Year’s resolutions. We’re not talking about resolving to lose 15 pounds or be nicer to your...more

Federal Court's "Vegan Discrimination" Decision Reminds Employers Not To Jump To Conclusions Regarding What May Or May Not...

Prior to the termination of her employment, Sakile Chenzira worked for more than a decade as a customer service representative at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center (the Hospital). In December 2010, the...more

Fourth Circuit Upholds Employer-Favorable Religious Discrimination Decision

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals recently affirmed summary judgment in favor of an employer that was sued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for religious discrimination. In EEOC v. Thompson Contracting,...more

Social Media and Beyond: California Ushers in New Employment Laws for 2013

The California legislature was particularly busy this past session in enacting new laws that directly affect employers in 2013. The new laws address a wide variety of topics, including social media protections for employees;...more

True Believers at Work—Accommodating Religious Practices on the Job

An employee cannot work on Friday evenings or Saturdays because his religious beliefs forbid working on the Sabbath. Another employee objects to contributing to co-worker birthday celebrations or union dues on religious...more

Seventh Circuit: Employee Not Entitled to Preferred Religious Accommodation Under Title VII

On November 8, 2012, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a Christian employee who objected to working on Sundays because it conflicted with her church attendance lacked a religious discrimination claim under Title...more

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