Religious Discrimination

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Is a Request for Religious Accommodation “Protected Activity” for a Title VII Retaliation Claim?

Seyfarth Synopsis: In a recent federal case the employer has challenged the EEOC Enforcement Guidance on Retaliation taking the position that a religious accommodation request does not meet the test for protected activity...more

Jewish School’s RLUIPA Claims Are Ripe For Adjudication

A federal court in the District of New Jersey has determined that claims asserted by the Congregation Kollel, Inc. (“Congregation”) against the Township of Howell, New Jersey (“Township”), based on the allegedly improper...more

France: How to Tackle Religion in the Workplace | France : Quelles réponses apporter à la religion en entreprise

Due to the recent terrorist attacks and headlines on religious extremism across Europe, the question of restricting religious expression in the workplace is becoming more prevalent for French employers. Employers would agree...more

Kasco to Pay $110,000 to Settle EEOC Discrimination and Retaliation Lawsuit

Butcher Supply Company Fired Muslim Afghan Woman for Complaining About National Origin and Religious Discrimination, Federal Agency Charged - ST. LOUIS -- KASCO, LLC, a St. Louis company which manufactures and sells...more

European Court Clarifies Legality of Banning Islamic Headscarves in the Workplace

On March 14, 2017, the Court of Justice of the European Union (“ECJ”) issued a significant ruling clarifying when an employer may prohibit employees from wearing visible signs of their religious beliefs in the workplace. The...more

European Court of Justice Upholds Employers’ Rights to Enforce Religion Neutral Internal Rules

On March 14, 2017, the European Court of Justice issued decisions in two cases addressing the delicate legal and political issue of wearing signs of religious belief at work. Most media outlets and commentators who...more

EEOC Files Religious Discrimination Lawsuit Against J.C. Witherspoon, Jr., Inc.

Company Fired Hebrew Pentecostal Truck Driver Because of His Sabbath Requirement, Federal Agency Charges - CHARLESTON, S.C. - J.C. Witherspoon, Jr. Inc., a South Carolina corporation headquartered in Alcolu, violated...more

Employment News - March 2017 #3

Last minute decider – incapacity dismissal without considering new evidence was disability discrimination - The Court of Appeal in O'Brien v Bolton St Catherine's Academy has reinstated a Tribunal decision that the...more

BREAKING: Hawaii District Court Applies the Brakes to Second Version of President Trump’s Immigration Travel Ban

On Wednesday, March 15, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) blocking implementation of key portions of the second version of the executive order (EO) issued by...more

New Trump Executive Order Stopped!

Just hours before President Trump’s new Executive Order or “Muslim Travel Ban” was to become effective, U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson in Hawaii issued a Temporary Restraining Order to stop the ban from being implemented...more

Déjà Vu All Over Again? Federal Court Blocks Trump’s Second Travel Ban

In the most stinging legal rebuke yet to President Trump’s efforts to bar certain immigrants from reaching the country’s shores, a federal judge in Hawaii late Wednesday ordered the president’s second travel ban be...more

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) and the banning of headscarves in the workplace

Two highly anticipated cases involving the legality of banning headscarves in the workplace were decided by the ECJ this week. Achbita and anor v. G4S Secure Solutions NV (Case C-157/15) involved a company that...more

Failure to Accommodate Religious Belief Claim to Move Forward

Religious discrimination claims by a delivery driver for a catering company who was terminated the day after being sent home for wearing a religious head covering survived summary judgment due to the temporal proximity...more

Church’s RLUIPA Claim Against an Illinois City is “Likely to Succeed”

The District Court for the Northern District of Illinois granted a preliminary injunction prohibiting the City of Markham from requiring the Original Bible Church of Illinois to obtain conditional use approval to use property...more

Employment Matters – UK - February 2017

New Cases Highlighting When "Gig Economy" Workers Are Entitled to Employment Rights - The "gig economy" is characterised by work performed on a short-term/temporary basis, in contrast to more traditional long-term roles....more

RLUIPA Implications of Trump’s Immigration Executive Order

Earlier this month, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld a district court’s issuance of a temporary restraining order prohibiting the enforcement of Executive Order 13769 – “Protecting The Nation From...more

The Curious Evolution of the Executive Order

On January 27, 2017, barely a week into office, President Donald J. Trump issued Executive Order 13769 for the stated purpose of “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.” Both vigorously...more

UPDATE: Trump's Immigration Executive Order, Refused by Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Late yesterday, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals refused to reinstate President Donald Trump’s immigration Executive Order (Order) which suspended the entry of aliens from seven countries into the United States for 90 days....more

Signs 4 JC Shown the Light by NH District Court

Thou shall have the right to an electronic sign? Apparently not. Just over a year ago, Hillside Baptist Church and Signs for Jesus (together, Plaintiffs or Church) filed a complaint in the District Court for New Hampshire,...more

Ninth Circuit Refuses to Vacate TRO on Trump’s Immigration Order

Late yesterday, in the case of Washington v. Trump, No. 17-35105 (9th Cir. Feb. 9, 2017), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a “per curiam” opinion, which refused to vacate the temporary restraining order...more

Episode 08: Chat With Former EEOC General Counsel David Lopez [Audio]

David Lopez served as EEOC General Counsel from 2010 to 2016 (the longest tenure of any EEOC General Counsel). In this episode, Matt and David explore a myriad of topics, including EEOC litigation and enforcement...more

Religious Institutions Update: February 2017

Timely Topics - A draft executive order of President Donald Trump relating to religious freedom proposes several material changes to federal law. First, it would require the executive branches to recognize a broad scope...more

Review of UK Employment Law: Key Issues to Monitor in 2017

In a year dominated by the Brexit vote in June, 2016 also saw a number of developments that will have a significant impact on UK employment law. This alert provides a brief summary of those developments and looks at what...more

[Webinar] Religious Accommodation: Balancing Religion and Work Conflict - February 16th, 12:00pm Eastern

Please join Robbin Hutton for a presentation discussing the statutory and regulatory framework (as well as significant court cases) governing religious discrimination and accommodation in the workplace. The program will also...more

Denial of Site Plan Application to Construct a Mosque Held to Violate RLUIPA

On December 31, 2016, U.S. District Judge Michael Shipp of the District of New Jersey, authored a 57 page opinion granting partial summary judgment to plaintiffs, The Islamic Society of Basking Ridge (“Islamic Society”)...more

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