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Religious Discrimination

RLUIPA Suit Against Colonie, NY Dismissed As Unripe

A federal court in New York has dismissed religious discrimination and related claims alleged by an evangelical Christian church (the “Church”) against the Town of Colonie, New York, its agencies and officials (the “Town”),...more

Supreme Court Ruling Could Contradict Pa. Law

by Barley Snyder on

A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision could mean states now will have to allow public funds to be funneled to religious institutions. In Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Inc. v. Comer, the Court held that Missouri...more

Lewisville Medical Practice Sued by EEOC for Religious Discrimination and Retaliation

Employee Fired for Requesting to be Excused From Mandatory Morning Bible Study, Federal Agency Charges - DALLAS - Shepherd Healthcare, a medical practice in Lewisville, Texas, violated federal law when it fired an...more

Yonkers Wins Below: Appeal Pending

The Islamic Community Center for Mid Westchester (“ICCMW”) has appealed the decision of the Southern District of New York that held ICCMW’s claims were not yet ripe for review and ICCMW did not have the right to supplement...more

Blocked Shot? Employer Runs into Religious Issues with Mandatory Flu Vaccines

If you require your employees to get a flu shot, what do you do with the ones who refuse on religious grounds? As with so much in employment law, it depends. In Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Mission Hospital, a...more

Sleneem Enterprises, LLC To Pay $22,500 To Settle EEOC Religious Accommodation Suit

Company Discharged Employee Because She Requested Religious Accommodation, Federal Agency Charged - DETROIT - A Michigan-based franchisee of Tim Hortons Cafe and Bake Shop will pay $22,500 to settle a religious...more

Department of Justice and Bensalem Township, PA Settle Lawsuit Over Mosque Denial

The United States Department of Justice (“DOJ”) has reached an agreement with Bensalem Township, Pennsylvania (“Township”), resolving allegations that the Township violated each of RLUIPA’s provisions when it denied a use...more

Does FEMA Unconstitutionally Deny Relief to Churches? President Trump Thinks So And He May Be Right

by Jackson Walker on

Hurricane Harvey’s devastation has impacted thousands of people and businesses throughout Texas. Private nonprofits and religious organizations have been playing key roles in providing emergency relief to those who have been...more

Municipality Prevails in Dispute Over Personal Chapel

The City of Brier, Washington (City) has prevailed over claims that it violated the Religious Land Use & Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) and other federal law in a dispute over a variance application to construct a...more

Eruv Dispute Prompts Claims of Religious Discrimination Against New Jersey Township

Last month, Bergen Rockland Eruv Association, Inc. (BREA) sued the Township of Mahwah, New Jersey regarding a dispute over the expansion of an eruv. According to the complaint, “[a]n eruv, under Jewish law, is a largely...more

WPI State of the States: Labor Day Edition

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The holiday weekend marked the end of summer fun, but state legislatures across the country remained hard at work in August. Roughly nine statehouses are in active session. In other jurisdictions, such as Florida and Ohio,...more

Franchise Litigation Rising Over Dietary Considerations

by Lewitt Hackman on

Rising concerns over food sourcing and preparation is leading to more and more litigation for restaurants and franchises. Most of the lawsuits claim discrimination, which makes sense as many dietary strictures are rooted...more

New IHRA Amendment on Religious Accommodations: What Does It Mean for Illinois Employers?

A recent amendment (Public Act 100-0100) to the Illinois Human Rights Act (IHRA) makes clear that employers in Illinois may have dress codes or grooming policies for the purposes of maintaining workplace safety or food...more

K&L Gates Triage: Avoiding the Risks Associated with Mandatory Vaccination Programs

by K&L Gates LLP on

This episode discusses the risks associated with mandatory employee vaccination programs and practical tips for health care entities on how to minimize these risks from an employment law perspective. In particular, this...more

Century Park Associates / Garden Plaza Of Greenbriar Cove Sued By EEOC For Religious Bias

Retirement Community Demanded Two Employees Work on Sabbath, Federal Agency Charges - CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- Century Park Associates, LLC, dba Garden Plaza at Greenbriar Cove, which operates a senior and assisted living...more

Illinois Passes Religious Garb Law Clarifying Religious Protections Under Illinois Human Rights Law

On August 11, 2017, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed into law Public Act 100-100, known as the “Religious Garb Law.” The law amends the Illinois Human Rights Act (“IHRA”) by clarifying the scope of protection for...more

Case Report: Public Finance Implications of Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Inc. v. Comer

In Public Finance, questions on separation of church and state usually arise in the context of a conduit financing by a state or local governmental entity which benefits a religious organization. The religious organization...more

Seventh Circuit Rules No Religious Discrimination Based On Sprinkler Requirement

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has affirmed the decision of the Northern District of Illinois, finding against a faith-based recovery home’s claims of religious discrimination and Fair Housing Act...more

Mining company doomed in resurrected 'mark of the beast' lawsuit

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

The U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals (whose rulings apply to all South Carolina employers) recently decided a religious accommodation case in which a jury awarded a former employee more than half a million dollars. The Equal...more

EEOC’s Motion For Sanctions Granted Over Employer’s Failure To Preserve And Produce Records

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In an EEOC lawsuit alleging that an employer failed to reasonably accommodate its Muslim employees’ requests for prayer breaks, a federal court in Colorado granted the EEOC’s motion for sanctions — as a...more

Avoiding Claims of Race, Religious, or National Origin Discrimination in the Current Political Climate

by Fisher Phillips on

Unless you have been living under a rock, you know that the United States has had a new president for about six months: Mr. Donald J. Trump. Many suggest (and I do not take a position on this) that President Trump was...more

Let Them Eat Cake!

by Bowditch & Dewey on

The competing interests of an individual’s First Amendment right to religious freedom and an individual’s right to be free from discrimination will be addressed by the Supreme Court of the United States (“SCOTUS”) in the...more

EEOC Sues MVM, Inc. for Racial Harassment, Religious Discrimination and Retaliation

Security Firm Forced Out Guard for Complaining About Racial Insults, Federal Agency Charges - BALTIMORE - MVM Inc., an Ashburn, Va.-based diversified security services firm, violated federal law when it stopped...more

Court Rules Request for Religious Accommodation Is Not “Protected Activity” for Title VII Retaliation

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: A recent decision by a federal district court in Minnesota held that a religious accommodation request is not “protected activity” under Title VII. In defending retaliation litigation, employers should...more

Tim Horton's In Romulus Sued By EEOC for Failure To Provide Religious Accommodation

Employee Not Permitted to Wear Skirt Instead of Pants, Federal Agency Charges - DETROIT - Sleneem Enterprises, LLC, a franchise operator of Tim Horton's Café and Bake Shop in Romulus, Mich., violated federal law by...more

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