Title VII Religious Discrimination

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act is a United States federal law enacted in 1964 and aimed at preventing discrimination in the workplace on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, and religion. Title VII... more +
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act is a United States federal law enacted in 1964 and aimed at preventing discrimination in the workplace on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, and religion. Title VII has been subsequently extended to discrimination on the basis of pregnancy and sexual stereotypes and to prohibit sexual harassment. Title VII applies to all employers with fifteen or more employees including private employers, state and local governments, and educational institutions.  less -
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Onionhead: Do Firings Over a Non-Religious Practice Violate Title VII?

A Syosset, New York company is being charged with violating Title VII of the Civil Rights Act after employees claimed they were fired for not participating in the belief system of the employer. It appears to be a clear...more

EEOC Provides Stark Reminder of Scope of Religious Accommodation

When most employers hear the term “reasonable accommodation,” their thoughts immediately turn to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). But the ADA is not the only federal statute that requires employers to accommodate...more

EEOC Sues Turner Machine Company for Retaliation

Manufacturing Company Fired Engineer for Filing Religious and Disability Discrimination Charge, Federal Agency Says - NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Turner Machine Company retaliated against an employee by firing him because he...more

EEOC Issues New Guidance on Religious Dress and Grooming in the Workplace

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) has recently issued an informal guidance on the issue of religious dress and grooming. The guidance comes in wake of several suits accusing employers of religious...more

The EEOC Amplifies its Focus on Religious Discrimination

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) received 3,721 charges alleging religious discrimination in fiscal year 2013. In partial response to these charges, earlier this month, the EEOC issued new technical...more

EEOC Posts Technical Assistance On Religious Dress And Grooming In The Workplace

Religious discrimination charges filed with the EEOC have increased over the years, rising to 3,721 private sector discrimination charges in fiscal year 2013. An EEOC religious discrimination charge resulted in the United...more

EEOC Publishes Guidance on Employment Rights Related to Religious Garb and Grooming in the Workplace

On March 6, 2014, in an effort to answer questions about how federal employment discrimination law applies to religious dress and grooming practices, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a...more

#WWJD? EEOC Provides Guidance on Religious Accommodation

Last week, the EEOC issued specific guidance for employers regarding religious accommodation under Title VII. Entitled "Religious Garb and Grooming in the Workplace: Rights and Responsibilities," the guidance focuses on the...more

EEOC Issues New Guidance on Religious Garb and Grooming in the Workplace

On March 6, 2014, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") released a new question-and-answer guide and accompanying fact sheet on religious dress and grooming in the workplace, under Title VII of the Civil Rights...more

EEOC Issues New Publications on Religious Garb and Grooming in the Workplace

Practical Guides Will Assist Employers and Employees - WASHINGTON- The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission today issued two new technical assistance publications addressing workplace rights and...more

Utah Employment Law Letter - January 2014: Religious Discrimination: Can’t be covered up: Applicant must request religious...

Often, employees and applicants hold religious beliefs and engage in religious practices that conflict with workplace rules and employment practices. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 typically requires employers to...more

A place to pray

Within the last couple of years, we have highlighted a number of cases involving religion in the workplace and, specifically, religious accommodations, such as allowing employees to wear head scarves or other personal...more

Kentucky Fried Chicken Franchise Pays $40,000 to Settle EEOC Religious Discrimination Lawsuit

Laurinburg Companies Unlawfully Fired Pentecostal Employee for Refusing to Wear Pants, Federal Agency Charged - LAURINBURG, N.C. - Scottish Food Systems, Inc. and Laurinburg KFC Take Home, Inc. will pay $40,000 and...more

McDonald's Restaurants of California, Inc. Settles EEOC Religious Discrimination Lawsuit

Federal Agency Charged Muslim Trainer Was Constructively Discharged for Not Shaving Beard - FRESNO, Calif. - McDonald's Restaurants of California, Inc. will pay $50,000 and furnish other relief to settle a religious...more

Workplace Word - November 2013: Avoiding Holiday Liability

‘Tis the season to be jolly. However, while you are enjoying the holiday cheer and a cup of hot chocolate, don’t forget to take a moment to assess the potential legal liability that this holiday season may bring. Seemingly...more

Employees Must Provide Employer With Notice of Need for Religious Accommodation

If a female applicant for a position appears at the interview wearing a headscarf, must the employer assume that it is worn for religious purposes? If the scarf would otherwise be prohibited under the employer's dress code,...more

EMPLOYMENT LAW UPDATE: Tenth Circuit to employees: Onus on you to speak up about religious accommodation

On October 2nd, the U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision that put employees on notice that the Tenth Circuit expects employees to speak up for their rights regarding religious accommodation. The...more

Supreme Court Update: University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center v. Nassar

The United States Supreme Court recently raised the bar for plaintiffs attempting to bring Title VII retaliation claims. In University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center v. Nassar, 133 S.Ct. 2517 (2013), the Court...more

Employment Law -- Sep 27, 2013

California Minimum Wage Reaches New High - California employers should brace themselves to shell out higher wages with the state set to raise the minimum wage to $10 per hour by 2016. Currently, the state...more

EEOC Sues Consol Energy and Consolidation Coal Company for Religious Discrimination

Mining Companies Forced Evangelical Christian to Retire Over Hand Scanning, Federal Agency Charges - PITTSBURGH - Canonsburg, Pa.-based CONSOL Energy and Consolidation Coal Company violated federal law when they forced...more

Abercrombie & Fitch Liable for Religious Discrimination in EEOC Suit, Court Says

Judge Finds Firing Muslim Employee for Wearing Hijab Was Illegal - SAN FRANCISCO - A federal judge has found clothing giant Abercrombie & Fitch liable for religious discrimination when it fired Muslim employee...more

EEOC Sues JetStream Ground Services at Denver Airport for Religious Discrimination

Ground Services Contractor Refused to Accommodate or Employ Muslim Women Who Requested to Cover Their Hair and Wear Skirts, Federal Agency Charges - DENVER -- A Florida-based airline ground services company violated...more

Seventh Circuit Emphasizes Importance of Employers Grasping Religious Nature of Time-Off Requests and Properly Communicating With...

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeal’s decision in Adeyeye v. Heartland Sweeteners, Inc., reminds employers that a very broad definition of “religion” applies in Title VII religious discrimination cases. Given this broad...more

California Employment Law Notes - July 2013

Employee Must Prove That Illegal Retaliation Was The "But For" Cause Of Adverse Job Action Under Title VII - University of Tex. S.W. Med. Ctr. v. Nassar, 570 U.S. ___, 2013 WL 3155234 (2013) - The United States...more

Employees Must Prove Retaliation Was “But-For” Cause of Employment Action

Employers are well aware that poorly performing employees may lodge baseless retaliation claims as a smokescreen to interfere with legitimate discipline....more

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