Religious Discrimination

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Can French Employees Wear Unrestricted Religious Symbols in the Workplace?

The French Supreme Court provides guidance to employers in France on how to deal with employees who wear religious symbols in the workplace....more

Suit by “Interested,” Neighboring Municipalities to Enforce SEQRA Requirements Does Not “Impose or Implement” a Land Use...

On March 27, 2015, the Southern District of New York granted summary judgment in favor of all defendants in the consolidated action Bernstein v. Wesley Hills, 08-CV-156; 12-CV-8856 (KMK), (the “Wesley Hills” Action). The...more

Do you believe in religious accommodations?

Utah Employment Law Letter - March 2015 Ever since the first Pilgrims settled Massachusetts in 1620, religion has found a shelter—albeit an imperfect one—in what would become the United States. Many European settlers...more

Abercrombie & Fitch Doesn't Look Too Good To Supreme Court

In a case we discussed earlier, the U.S. Supreme Court did not appear impressed with Abercrombie & Fitch's recent argument that a hijab wearing applicant needed to ask for religious accommodation before they were obliged to...more

New York Appellate Division Permits Worker to Establish Membership in Protected Class Based on Association with Another

Chiara v. Town of New Castle, (N.Y. App. Div., 2d Dep’t Jan. 14, 2015): A recent decision by the New York Appellate Division, Second Department, held that a plaintiff claiming religious discrimination under the New York State...more

Statement of Samantha Elauf Following Oral Argument at the Supreme Court in EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, Inc.

WASHINGTON-- Samantha Elauf filed the original charge of religious discrimination with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) that led to today's argument in the Supreme Court. She has the following statement...more

EEOC Roundup: January 2015

Employment is heavily regulated in the U.S., where it is illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person's race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or...more

Employers Beware: Could the Generosity of Volunteers Result in a Perceived Employer-Employee Relationship?

The generosity of volunteers builds a link between employers and the community, which frequently proves critical to accomplishing community and philanthropic work during times of need. Often times, there is too much to be...more

Employee Refusing to Provide SSN Has No Religious Discrimination Claim

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act requires employers in some situations to accommodate employees’ and applicants’ religious beliefs and practices by varying policies and procedures of general applicability. However, as...more

Applicant Can’t Claim Religious Bias After Refusing to Give "Mark of the Beast"

Many employers are convinced that the law requires them to accommodate almost every religious belief that an applicant or employee may have. The law actually does not go quite that far. In fact, one federal court of appeals...more

Unvaccinated Workers: An Employer’s Rights And Obligations

Vaccines for children have been front-page news around the country after the breakout of measles at Disneyland. Rightfully, the focus has been on children who are unvaccinated and the effect that it has on schools and places...more

No Second Bite for Prayer Claims

Neither the EEOC nor Muslim employees at a Nebraska meatpacking plant will be able to pursue individual claims that their employer failed to accommodate prayer practices. In a long running dispute, the EEOC filed suit against...more

Supreme Court Update: TEVA Pharmaceuticals USA V. Sandoz (13-584); Department Of Homeland Security V. Maclean (13-894); Holt V....

Greetings, Court fans! While we in New Haven were more-or-less spared having to dig out from "Winter Storm Juno" (aka "snowbigdeal"), it's taken us a while to dig out from the Court's recent pile of opinions. With this...more

Religious Objections to Biometric Scanning: Jury Verdict for Employee Is a Cautionary Tale for Employers

A Virginia federal jury recently awarded $150,000 to a miner who refused on religious grounds to use his employer’s biometric hand scanner that was installed to track attendance. Such scanners read each person’s unique hand...more

District of Columbia Passes Two New Non-Discrimination Laws Impacting Employers

Earlier this week, D.C.’s Mayor signed two new measures amending the D.C. Human Rights Act (“DCHRA”) to prohibit (1) discrimination against employees of religiously-affiliated educational institutions on the basis of sexual...more

Employers: Don’t Forget About the Possibility of Associational Discrimination Liability

A case out of a New York State appeals court should remind employers that they may liable for discrimination where they take an adverse action against an employee based on the employee’s association with someone in a...more

Holt v. Hobbs Aftermath: Supreme Court Remands Native American Prisoners’ RLUIPA Claims

Less than a week after its decision in Holt v. Hobbs, the Supreme Court in Knight v. Thompson, No. 13-955 (2015), vacated and remanded the Eleventh Circuit’s rejection of Native American prisoners’ claims challenging prison...more

Appellate Division Panel Issues Ruling Broadly Interpreting New York State Human Rights Law

On January 14, 2015, in a case of first impression, the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Second Department held that an employee can sufficiently demonstrate his membership in a protected class by virtue of his...more

Mims Distributing Company to Pay $50,000 Lawsuit to Settle EEOC Religious Discrimination Lawsuit

Beer Distributor Unlawfully Refused to Hire Rastafarian Because He Refused to Cut His Hair, Federal Agency Charged - RALEIGH, N.C. - Mims Distributing Company, Inc. will pay $50,000 and furnish other relief to resolve...more

Making Way For Religious Accommodation In The Workplace

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination based on religion and puts an affirmative obligation on an employer to accommodate employees’ religious practices. Issues involving religion arise in many...more

The High Court Hears Argument: Is Gilbert’s Sign Ordinance Content-Neutral? What Standard of Review Should Apply?

Last summer, we reported that the U.S. Supreme Court granted Good News Community Church’s (Church) petition for a writ of certiorari to review the decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Reed v. Town of...more

Ten New Year’s Resolutions Retail Employers Should Consider Making in 2015

Now that the busy 2014 holiday shopping season is over and the new year has begun, it’s a good time for retail employers to take a breath and think about 2015—what’s coming, what issues they should be watching, and what...more

EEOC Sues Triangle Catering for Religious Discrimination

Raleigh Company Unlawfully Fired Rastafarian Because He Refused to Remove His Religious Head Covering, Federal Agency Charges - RALEIGH, N.C. - Triangle Catering, LLC, a catering and event planning company based in...more

Religious Institution - January 2015

Experience over the last couple decades teaches that religious institutions face as much or perhaps more liability than secular organizations and, therefore, need to take risk management seriously. From operating their own...more

“Integral Yoga” Group and Swami Hope to Find Their Inner Balance in Federal Court; Lawsuit Alleges Religious Discrimination by...

The Spirit of Aloha Temple (“Spirit”) and Fredrick R. Honig a/k/a Swami Swaroopananda are suing the County of Maui and the Maui Planning Commission (“Commission”) over the Commission’s denial of their proposal to use an...more

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