Religious Discrimination

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EEOC Issues Resource Document, Announces Plans to Improve Data Collection and Outreach on Religious Discrimination

New Fact Sheet Addresses Rights, Responsibilities for Youth - WASHINGTON -- U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Chair Jenny Yang and Commissioner Charlotte Burrows participated in an interagency briefing...more

Sikh Temple files suit after Oyster Bay, NY ordered it to stop work and then required SEQRA review

Guru Gobind Singh Sikh Center, Inc. (the “Temple”), on June 29, 2016 in the Eastern District of New York, sued the Town of Oyster Bay, New York, the Town Board, and several Town Officials (together, the “Defendants”) after...more

Michigan Township Prevails on Federal Religious Discrimination Claims

A federal court in Michigan has ruled that Genoa Charter Township did not violate federal law in denying a church’s application for a special use permit to operate a religious school. Livingston Christian Schools (LSC)...more

EU Advocate General Holds that Certain Forms of Indirect Religious Discrimination Could be Justified

On May 31, 2016, the Advocate General (“AG”) of the European Court of Justice issued its opinion in a case relating to a Muslim employee wearing a headscarf at work. In the case, Samira Achbita v. G4S Secure Solutions NV,...more

HospitalityStaff Sued by EEOC for Religious Discrimination

Orlando Staffing Company Fired Rastafarian Employee Because of His Dreadlocks, Federal Agency Charges - ORLANDO, Fla. - An Orlando staffing company dedicated to Central Florida's massive hospitality industry violated...more

Ninth Circuit Rejects Hawaii Cannabis Ministry’s RFRA Challenge

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently upheld the convictions of two ministers of the Hawaii Cannabis Ministry who admitted using and distributing large quantities of cannabis in accordance with their...more

Sewer Connection Must Be By The Least Restrictive Means

Barbara L. Yoder and Joseph I. Yoder (“Owners”) own a home in Sugar Grove Township, Pennsylvania (“Township”), which has a mandatory sewer connection ordinance (the “Ordinance”), requiring connection to the Sugar Grove Area...more

EEOC Sues Greenville Ready Mix Concrete for Religious Discrimination

Contractor Fired Seventh-day Adventist Because of His Sabbath Request, Federal Agency Charged - WINTERVILLE, N.C. - Greenville Ready Mix Concrete, Inc., a North Carolina company based in Winterville, violated federal law...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: June 2016

Last week, Kris Dunn of Fist Full of Talent offered some sage advice about sexual harassment training. He recommended using real world examples and creating debate about what is and isn’t sexual harassment. This advice was...more

DOJ Investigating Possible RLUIPA Violation in Toms River, New Jersey

Earlier this year, we reported on the lawsuit filed by Chabad Jewish Center of Toms River, Inc. against the Township of Toms River, New Jersey.  The Center challenges the Township’s decision that it must obtain a variance to...more

Indiana Church Files Religious Discrimination Suit Over Nearby Dairy Farm Approval

For the past 30 years, Harvest Christian Camp has provided a summer camp for thousands of Christian children on a 36 acre site in Henry County, Indiana, in accordance with its religious beliefs to “help[] children and teens...more

Scottsdale, Arizona Bars Satanic Temple Prayer

The Satanic Temple has had a busy year in Arizona.  Earlier this year, we reported that the Phoenix City Council abolished its 65-year practice of beginning council meetings with prayer in favor of a moment of silence,...more

A flood of amici support the Islamic Society of Basking Ridge

Recently, we reported that Bernards Township, New Jersey (the “Township”) had invited the Islamic Society of Basking Ridge (“ISBR”) to resubmit an application to develop a mosque. Previously, the Township denied the Islamic...more

Five New Challenges Facing Retail Employers

This issue of Take 5 is devoted to recent laws and court rulings that have particular significance for retailers. These five short articles address fundamental changes to policies and practices in the retail workplace,...more

Preventing discrimination against Muslim and Middle Eastern employees

In the wake of recent terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has warned employers to be proactive and take measures against discrimination aimed at those who are, or...more

Muslim Group Rejects New Jersey Township’s Offer to Resubmit Mosque Application

Bernards Township, New Jersey has invited the Islamic Society of Basking Ridge to resubmit an application to develop a mosque. Earlier this year, the Township denied the Islamic Society’s application for a 4,250 square foot...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: May 2016

The Department of Labor announced in 2015 that it would issue regulations setting $50,440 as the salary below which eligibility for overtime would be presumed. Employer organizations were quick to criticize that salary...more

Mission Hospital Sued By EEOC For Religious Discrimination

Asheville Hospital Fired Employees Who Declined Flu Vaccinations Based on Their Religious Beliefs, Federal Agency Charged - ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Mission Hospital, Inc., a North Carolina corporation based in Asheville,...more

Claims to Accommodate Flying Spaghetti Monster-ism Hit the Wall in Nebraska Court

On April 12, 2016, a district court in Nebraska rejected the religious accommodation claims advanced by a member of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.1 In denying the religious accommodation claims, the court was...more

Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster Not a Religion, Says Federal Court

We don’t often report on RLUIPA prisoner cases (recall, that RLUIPA applies in the land use and prison contexts). But a recent federal decision in Nebraska – Cavanaugh v. Bartelt (D. Nebraska 2016), is just too good to pass...more

Do You Have To Accommodate An Employee Who Worships The Flying Spaghetti Monster?

Employers are generally aware of their duty to accommodate an employee’s religious beliefs. Whether that means rearranging work schedules, permitting modifications to dress codes, permitting prayer breaks, or any number of...more

Chabad Files RLUIPA Suit Against Toms River, New Jersey

Rabbi Moshe Gourarie and the Chabad Jewish Center of Toms River Inc. (the “Center”) have sued the Township of Toms River, New Jersey, and the Township’s Zoning Board of Adjustment (“ZBA”) in the Federal District Court of New...more

Does The NLRB Have Jurisdiction Over Your University?

Although a religious college recently scored a victory in its battle against unionization, the legal decision and the proceedings that led to that decision could be somewhat troublesome for your educational institution. All...more

Recovery House’s RLUIPA Challenge Fails

The District Court for the Northern District of Illinois has rejected RLUIPA and other claims asserted by a religious group in Affordable Recovery Housing v. City of Blue Island (N.D. Ill. 2016). The case stems from...more

Georgia RFRA Vetoed

At a press conference this morning, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal announced that he will veto HB 757, the “Free Exercise Protection Act” that Georgia’s legislature passed less than two weeks ago....more

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