Religious Discrimination

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Tear Down This Wall! Botched Demolition and Apartment Conditions Lead to RLUIPA Dispute

On September 24, Rock Church of Easton (Rock Church) filed an “Emergency Motion for a Temporary Restraining Order and /or Preliminary Injunction” against the City of Easton, Pennsylvania (the City or Easton) and its Bureau of...more


Below are news items from the past week involving local government, religion, and land use that have caught our attention. The United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York has issued a Memorandum and...more

Groundhog Day In September – Another Repeat Of The EEOC Fiscal Year-End Lawsuit Filing Frenzy

As the clock ticked down on the EEOC’s fiscal year (which ended on September 30), we are struck once again by the eerily consistent trend in the agency’s federal court filing trends. Employers around the country are seemingly...more

Supreme Court Ruling Endangers Ignorance Defense

Until now, job application and interview questions that reveal applicants’ protected characteristics have been strongly discouraged. In an economy where dozens of people apply for a vacant job posting, knowing too much about...more

That is SO last week - September 2015 #3

Last week, The New York Times reported that men “feel entitled to take time off for family” too. The subject of the article was Josh Levs, a former CNN reporter who wanted more time off when his third child was born...more

NJ Appellate Court Offers New Guidance on Employee Arbitration Agreements

Earlier this month, the New Jersey Appellate Division ruled that employee arbitration agreements, to be enforceable, must contain a “clear and unmistakable” waiver of an employee’s right to a trial in court. In Milloul v....more

EEOC Sues North Memorial for Retaliating Against Job Applicant

Federal Agency Alleges Health System Withdrew Job Offer From Employee Who Requested Religious Accommodation - MINNEAPOLIS - North Memorial Health Care, an independent health system based in Robbinsdale, Minn., violated...more

Can Kim Davis Be Fired? What CA Employers Should Know About Religious Accommodations

Last June, the U.S. Supreme Court determined that same-sex marriages are a fundamental liberty protected by the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution – and that states must issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples....more

NJ Appellate Division Reiterates Requirement That Arbitration Agreements Must Be Clear and Unambiguous To Be Enforceable

In two unrelated yet similar cases, the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division reiterated the requirements that arbitration provisions in employment agreements must be unambiguous, written in clear language, and...more

U.S. Supreme Court Affirms That Content-Based Sign Codes Violate The First Amendment

Now, more than ever, local municipalities should review their municipal sign laws to ensure that signs are not being regulated based on their message. This is in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling that an...more

Arkansas Senate Opens the Door; Baphomet Walks In

The Arkansas Senate, in passing Bill no. 939 (now Act 1231), authorized the placement of a Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the Arkansas State Capitol to purportedly “help the people of the United States and of...more

Despite Abercrombie, Fifth Circuit Again Rejects Claim From Employee Fired for Refusing to Read Rosary

Earlier this year in its Abercrombie decision, the U.S. Supreme Court stated that an employee suing for religious discrimination did not have to demonstrate actual knowledge of an employee’s religious practices to trigger...more

Yes, Employers May Have To Accommodate Even “Crazy” Religious Beliefs.

Employers, it is a losing battle to debate theology with your employees who request religious accommodation. If you don’t believe me, ask Consolidated Coal Company and its parent, CONSOL Energy, which have been ordered to pay...more

Religious Discrimination: Do Not Count On The Rosary

On August 20, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit held that a plaintiff could not prevail on a Title VII religious discrimination claim if there was no evidence the employer knew that the plaintiff refused...more

Duty to Accommodate Trumps Company Policy

Siblings 16-year-old H.T. and 14-year-old J.T. began working for ES Holdings Inc. o/a Country Herbs (Country Herbs) in April 2014. H.T. was responsible for packaging herbs, while J.T. made boxes into which herbs were placed...more

Creed and Association: Breach of Human Rights Leads to Harsh Penalties

The decision in H.T. v ES Holdings Inc. o/a Country Herbs (“Country Herbs”) 2015 HRTO 1067 (CanLII) (“Country Herbs”) serves as a reminder to employers of the significant liability that they face when a claim of...more

Court Awards Over Half Million Dollars Against Consol Energy/Consolidation Coal In EEOC Religious Discrimination Lawsuit

Mining Companies Forced Evangelical Christian to Retire Over Biometric Hand Scanning Violating Title VII, Jury Found Earlier - PITTSBURGH - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has won a victory in...more

Show Me the Money: The EEOC Secures Post-Trial Damages Victory In Religious Discrimination Case

In EEOC v. Consol Energy, Inc. et. al., Case No. 1:13-CV-215 (S.D. W. Va. Aug. 21, 2015), a jury found in favor of the EEOC in its claim brought under Title VII that the employer denied an employee a religious accommodation...more

EEOC takes aim at Target for discriminatory pre-employment tests

The EEOC recently announced its $2.8 million settlement with Target Corp. of discrimination claims arising out of the use of employment tests in the hiring process. Discriminatory pre-employment tests like the ones at issue...more

Employee Relations, Title VII, and the Confederate Battle Flag

Many workplaces situated below the Mason-Dixon line will employ both those who feel the Confederate flag is a vital part of their heritage and self-expression, and also those who see the Confederate flag as a symbol of...more

National Federation of the Blind Sued for Religious Discrimination by EEOC

Advocacy Group Terminated an Employee because He Would Not Work on the Sabbath, Federal Agency Charged - BALTIMORE - The National Federation of the Blind, the largest organization of blind and low-vision people in the...more

Illinois Federal Court Dismisses Some, But Not All, RLUIPA Claims

A federal court in Illinois, in Church of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ v. City of Markham, Illinois (N.D. Ill. 2015), dismissed some of the Church’s religious land use claims while allowing others to proceed. The case is...more


We’ve been monitoring news items involving local government, religion, and land use that may be of interest to our readers. Below is what has caught our attention. Livingston Daily reports that Genoa Charter Township...more

Employment Law 101: Religious Discrimination

Who does it apply to: The law applies to all employers with 15 or more employees. What is the issue: Title VII was passed in the 1960s to protect against discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin....more

Sunday Trading Hours: Opportunities and Challenges for the Northern Powerhouse

The proposals are part of the Government's initiative to support local high streets and give local areas greater control of their local economy, with the hope of improving the well-being of local citizens. The move continues...more

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