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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 -

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

“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

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

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

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

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

Check Your Map: The Changing Landscape of Reasonable Accommodation

by Zelle LLP on

We recently helped a client work through a collection of reasonable accommodation issues. In doing so, we realized that we were dealing with questions that wouldn’t have come up 10 years ago, or maybe even 5 years ago. ...more

March A-Wear-Ness: Uniforms, Dress Codes, and Employee Choice

The basketball court isn’t the only place you’ll see interesting uniforms this month. Many employers choose to implement and enforce their own uniform requirements and dress codes at work. But if done incorrectly, uniforms...more

These Foolish Things – The Oddest Employment Issues of the Past Year

by Littler on

Even outside the Capital Beltway, this has been a strange year. Those of us who handle labor and employment issues everyday often think we’ve seen it all—only to be proven wrong time and again. As April Fools’ Day approaches,...more

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

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

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

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

Religious Institutions Update: February 2017

by Holland & Knight LLP on

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

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

by FordHarrison on

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

Mandatory Flu Vaccinations? Immunize Yourself Against Religious Discrimination Claims

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

You are an HR generalist at a 300-bed community hospital. Your boss has instructed you to make sure that all personnel files document that the employee received the hospital’s annual mandatory flu vaccination. However, you...more

EEOC Issues Updated National Origin Discrimination Enforcement Guidance

Last month, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released an updated Enforcement Guidance on national origin discrimination under Title VII. The Guidance is used by EEOC investigators to help determine whether a...more

Avoiding Appearance-based Discrimination Claims in the Workplace

by Reminger Co., LPA on

Employees are generally considered the face of a company, projecting the brand’s image to customers and clients. In the face of this reality, employers often mandate certain grooming and appearance standards for employees –...more

J.B. Hunt Transport Settles EEOC Religious Discrimination Charge for $260,000

Sikh Applicants Denied Religious Accommodation During the Hiring Process, Federal Agency Charges - LOS ANGELES - J.B. Hunt Transport, Inc., one of the largest transportation logistics companies in North America, will pay...more

No New Trial: Court Grounds EEOC Following JetStream’s Victory In Religious Discrimination Trial

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Following a major victory for an airline-industry employer over the EEOC in a Title VII action regarding religious accommodations, the Court denied the EEOC’s motion for a new trial. The decision is a...more

Employers May Need To Offer Accomodations To Job Applicants And EMPLOYEES Even If They Do Not Ask For An Accomodation

by Reminger Co., LPA on

Most employers maintain either formal or informal grooming and appearance policies. These policies address the employee’s personal appearance while at work including hairstyle, jewelry, tattoos, piercings, head coverings and...more

Company Practices "Onionhead" – Employees Cry Reverse Religious Discrimination

by Littler on

A New York federal court recently sided with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) as to whether a company’s internal conflict-resolution program was religious in nature. Because the program—called...more

Now Something Known As “Onionhead” Is A “Religion” For Which The EEOC Can Bring A Religious Discrimination Suit

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In an EEOC religious discrimination case, a federal court found that “Onionhead” was a religion for purposes of Title VII. The court also found that the EEOC did not fail to meet its Title VII pre-suit...more

EEOC Continues its “Fight” Against Mandatory Flu Vaccines

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Following up on a post from last week on the issue of mandatory flu vaccine policies, the EEOC seems to be on a march to challenge any employer – particularly hospitals – that denies an employee a requested exemption from a...more

‘Tis The Season for Sneezin’ – Where Does The Law Stand On Mandatory Flu Vaccines?

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Fall is in the air – when the air becomes crisp, our thoughts turn to Halloween, turkey and — thanks to constant reminders — and our annual flu vaccine. Many health care facilities have implemented policies which...more

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