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Religious Discrimination

Best practices for employers under the EEOC’s new strategic enforcement plan

by McAfee & Taft on

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has announced its “Strategic Enforcement Plan” for years 2017 to 2021. The 2017 plan replaces the earlier version, issued in 2012, but is not a radical departure from the previous...more

Supreme Court: Public Benefit Programs Cannot Exclude Churches Solely Because They Are Religious

by Holland & Knight LLP on

In Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Inc. v. Comer, No. 15-577 (June 26, 2017), the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 7-2 that excluding a church from a public benefit program for which it is otherwise qualified violates the Free...more

Back to Wedding Cakes and DJs—5th Circuit Overturns Injunction against Mississippi Religious Freedom Law

Last week, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a lower court’s injunction of the enactment of Mississippi’s “Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act” (HB 1523). As written about in a blog...more

New Substantial Burden Framework in the Sixth Circuit; Court Upholds RLUIPA Verdict in Favor of Michigan Township

In an important decision for municipalities across the Country, the Sixth Circuit upheld a district court decision that found Genoa Charter Township (Township) did not violate federal law in denying a church’s application for...more

Failure To Accommodate Sincere Religious Beliefs Can Be A Costly Mistake For Employers

Last week, in the case of EEOC v. Consul Energy, Inc., the Fourth Circuit affirmed a $586,860 judgment for a coal miner who claimed that his employer (Consul Energy) failed to accommodate his religious beliefs and...more

Fourth Circuit Affirms "Mark of the Beast" Religious Discrimination Verdict

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals (which includes North Carolina and South Carolina) affirmed a $600,000 jury verdict in favor of a West Virginia coal miner who refused to use a new biometric hand scanner installed by his...more

The Antichrist at Work: 4th Circuit Affirms Judgment Against Employer for Failing to Accommodate Employee’s Religious Belief...

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In EEOC v. Consol Energy, Inc., the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a judgment against an employer for failing to accommodate an employee’s religious belief that a biometric hand scanner would tag...more

More “Mark of the Beast” – Fourth Circuit Affirms Denial Of Employer’s Post-Verdict Motions In EEOC’s Anti-Christ Discrimination...

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Fourth Circuit recently affirmed a U.S. District Court’s denial of three post-verdict motions brought by an employer in an EEOC religious discrimination case alleging a failure to accommodate an...more

“Mark Of The Beast” Workplace Concerns Lead To Half-Million Dollar Verdict

by Fisher Phillips on

Here’s some advice you probably didn’t think you needed, employers: you should avoid, at all costs, giving or threatening to give your employees the biblical Mark of the Beast. And if they think you are doing so, you should...more

The Likely Unintended Consequence of President Trump’s Religious Freedom Executive Order

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

President Trump has not wasted any time signing Executive Orders that push forward his agenda despite congressional opposition. Notably, the President signed thirty-two (32) executive orders during his first 100 days in...more

HospitalityStaff To Pay $30,000 To Settle EEOC Religious Discrimination Lawsuit

Staffing Company Refused to Accommodate Rastafarian Employee's Dreadlocks, Federal Agency Charged - ORLANDO, Fla. - An Orlando staffing company dedicated to Central Florida's massive hospitality industry will pay $30,000...more

Church Wins Free Speech Claim Over Zoning Ordinance and $1,354,595 in Damages

Last year, we reported about a case in which the city of St. Michael, Minnesota utilized RLUIPA’s “safe harbor” provision to avoid liability under the act’s substantial burden and equal terms provisions. While the federal...more

The Devil is in the ... Biometric Scanner? Fourth Circuit Finds Employer Failed to Accommodate Employee’s Religious Belief

Just how far do you have to go to accommodate an employee’s off-the-beaten-path religious belief? The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that you at least have to give the same accommodations you give to disabled...more

Don’t Quarrel Over Scripture

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals recently upheld a jury verdict in favor of the EEOC in a Title VII religious discrimination claim. At issue was the use of a biometric scanner as a time clock. EEOC v. Consol Energy, Inc....more

RLUIPA Round-Up

What do tiny homes, marijuana, a sex club, the Satanic Temple, and yoga have in common? They each make an appearance in this installment of the RLUIPA Round-Up!...more

City of Bayonne, New Jersey Sued Over Denial of Application to Build a Mosque

Last month, Bayonne Muslims, a New Jersey not-for-profit religious congregation, sued the City of Bayonne, New Jersey (the “City”), challenging the City’s denial of certain variances needed to construct a mosque. ...more

Religious Institutions Update: June 2017

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Timely Topics - The U.S. Supreme Court recently heard oral argument in Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Inc. v. Comer, No. 15-577. The lawsuit concerns whether the daycare operated by a Missouri church may qualify...more

Fourth Circuit Rules Second Immigration Ban Likely Violates Establishment Clause

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in a 10-3 decision has affirmed a lower court’s granting of a preliminary injunction against one provision of President Trump’s second immigration ban on the ground...more

Federal Appeals Court Rejects Trump’s Second Travel Ban - Decision Sets Up Inevitable Date At Supreme Court

by Fisher Phillips on

In a 10-3 decision, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday upheld the nationwide injunction that had blocked President Trump’s second executive order banning certain travel into the country from taking effect. The Court...more

New Jersey Township’s Recently Enacted Ordinances Alleged to Violate RLUIPA

Earlier this month, Agudath Israel of America Inc. (“Agudath Israel”) sued the Township of Jackson, New Jersey (“Jackson”), challenging Jackson’s recently-enacted land use ordinances restricting schools from all but three...more

New Puerto Rico Labor Department Religious Accommodation Regulations Effective May 25

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The Employment Law Reform enacted earlier this year in Puerto Rico introduced a local requirement to accommodate an employee’s observance of religious practices or beliefs. The law directed the Secretary of the Puerto Rico...more

Anti-Muslim Rhetoric in the Workplace: An Employer’s Guide to Risks & Prevention

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Anti-Muslim rhetoric dominates many media headlines. A May 9, 2017 decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit highlights the risks to an employer when anti-Muslim rhetoric enters the...more

Puerto Rico Employers Brace for New Right to Religious Freedom Accommodation Requests

by Littler on

Earlier this year, the Governor of Puerto Rico signed into law the Labor Transformation and Flexibility Act (“the Act”). While the Act makes substantial changes to virtually all existing Puerto Rico employment laws, it also...more

EEOC Sues XPO Last Mile for Religious Discrimination

EEOC Sues XPO Last Mile for Religious Discrimination Logistics Company Rescinded Job Offer to Jewish Employee Who Could Not Work on Rosh Hashanah, Federal Agency Charges - BALTIMORE - XPO Last Mile, Inc., a logistics...more

What Employers Need to Know about Trump’s Religious Liberty Executive Order

by Fisher Phillips on

President Trump signed an executive order on religious liberty last week to commemorate the National Day of Prayer. Like many before it, the exact contents of this order were hotly anticipated, fueled by White House leaks and...more

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