Religious Discrimination

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New RLUIPA Suit Accuses Two New York Municipalities of Anti-Semitism

The Village of Bloomingburg, NY (Village) and the Town of Mamakating, NY (Town) are facing allegations of religious discrimination in land use regulation. On September 8, 2014, the Bloomingburg Jewish Education Center,...more

Religious Exemptions for Employees

President Barack Obama recently signed an executive order that bans federal contractors from discriminating against the sexual orientation or gender identity of its employees. This order does not include a religious...more

EEOC Sues Employer for Forcing “Onionhead” Religious Practices on Workers

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently sued a health network, alleging that the company fired employees who refused to participate in activities that the federal agency claimed were religious...more

Unpaid Interns Are Now Protected Against Discrimination and Harassment

On September 9, 2014, California Governor Jerry Brown signed A.B. 1443, which extends the state’s anti-harassment and anti-discrimination protections to unpaid interns. Employers are now prohibited from discrimination...more

EEOC Sues Dunkin’ Donuts Franchisee for Religious Discrimination

Company Refused to Hire Applicant Because of His Religion, Federal Agency Charged - ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Citi Brands, LLC, a franchisee of Dunkin' Donuts, violated federal law by refusing to hire a job applicant who is a...more

What Is a Sincere Religious Belief? The Fifth Circuit Weighs In On a Religious Discrimination Claim

In a 2-to-1 decision written by Judge Edward Prado, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals recently chimed in on an employee’s claim that her employer failed to accommodate a religious observance, for which “she believed strongly...more

DOJ Sues Minnesota City Over Denial of Islamic Somali Immigrants’ Mosque Proposal

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has sued the City of St. Anthony Village under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) after the City Council, in 2012, denied the Abu Huraira Islamic Center’s...more

The Expanding Ash Heap of History

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the historic United States Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka. The court overturned the precedent established in Plessy v. Ferguson, which upheld that...more

Promoting Company Culture: Harnessing Happiness or Discriminating on the Basis of Religion?

Does an employer discriminate against employees when it requires them to participate in corporate wellness programs? The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has taken the position that it does if the wellness program...more

Food Lion Sued by EEOC for Religious Discrimination

Grocer Refused Accommodation for Jehovah's Witness's Worship Services, Federal Agency Charged - WINSTON SALEM, N.C. - Supermarket chain Food Lion, LLC violated federal law when it refused to provide a religious...more

Turner Machine Company Settles EEOC Retaliation Lawsuit for $80,000

Manufacturer Fired Engineer After He Filed a Discrimination Charge, Federal Agency Charged - NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Turner Machine Company will pay $80,000 and furnish other significant equitable relief to resolve a...more

Onionhead: Do Firings Over a Non-Religious Practice Violate Title VII?

A Syosset, New York company is being charged with violating Title VII of the Civil Rights Act after employees claimed they were fired for not participating in the belief system of the employer. It appears to be a clear...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

“Mark of the Beast” Claim Busts

In Yeager v. FirstEnergy Generation Corp., No. 5:14cv-567 (N.D. Ohio June 27, 2014), a plaintiff asserted a religious discrimination claim for refusal to hire. In the complaint, he alleged he was not hired because he refused...more

EEOC Sues Shadescrest Healthcare for Religious Discrimination and Retaliation

Nursing Home Prohibited Religious Headwear and Fired Worker in Retaliation Federal Agency Charges - BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - A Jasper, Ala., nursing home violated federal law when it refused to allow a Muslim employee to...more

Tampa Bay Federal, Local Government Agencies to Observe 50th Anniversary of 1964 Civil Rights Act

Landmark Legislation Still Holds Significance for Millions of Americans - TAMPA, Fla. - Several government agencies will join forces on July 2 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson's...more

50 for 50: Five Decades of the Most Important Discrimination Law Developments - Number 34: Religious Dress And Appearance Requires...

A recent survey by the Pew Research Center reports that 58% of Americans say that religion is very important in their lives and 76% of Americans say that prayer is an important part of their daily lives. The survey also...more

EEOC Sues United Health Programs of America and Parent Company for Religious Discrimination

Company Coerced Participation in Religious Activities and Fired Employees Who Opposed Them, Federal Agency Charges - NEW YORK - A Syosset, N.Y.-based health network violated federal law when it forced employees to take...more

For The Love Of G-D, Don't Say You Love Me

We have come to this in our workplaces, in the lyrics of Annie Lennox: “No more ‘I love you’s.” Please enjoy today’s guest post from one of your employees: I have difficulty getting close to people. I have trouble...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

Utah Unemployment Law Update - Part 2

In this Issue: - Mobile Phone / Driving Laws - Unemployment Benefits - Facts - Procedural History - The Law - Court of Appeals Decision - Takeaway - Wrongful Termination - Religious...more

EEOC Sues Turner Machine Company for Retaliation

Manufacturing Company Fired Engineer for Filing Religious and Disability Discrimination Charge, Federal Agency Says - NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Turner Machine Company retaliated against an employee by firing him because he...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

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