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Religious Accommodation

It’s Still Flu Season and Mandatory Flu Vaccines Can Still Cost You

Remember that case we told you about last year with the flu vaccines and the EEOC suing for employees on religious discrimination grounds? To recap– in Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Mission Hospital a federal...more

Work schedule conflict leads to religious accommodation lawsuit

by McAfee & Taft on

A recent decision by the U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals (the jurisdiction that covers Oklahoma federal courts) provides another reminder that religious accommodations come in all shapes and sizes, and that proving “undue...more

When Work and Faith Collide

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

When it enacted Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Congress stated a desire to assure individuals additional opportunities to observe religious practices when they conflict with employment. But what does it mean...more

Mission Hospital Agrees to Pay $89,000 To Settle EEOC Religious Discrimination Lawsuit

Asheville Hospital Fired Employees for Declining Flu Vaccination, Federal Agency Charged - ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Mission Hospital, Inc., a North Carolina corporation based in Asheville and the main hospital of Mission Health...more

’Tis the Season to Be Mindful of Religious Accommodation Obligations

So it begins—the annual holiday marathon. But which holidays come to mind? Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, Festivus? A version of this article first appeared on Law360....more

An Employer’s Duty To Accommodate Not So-Common Religious Practices

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Q. An employee has requested that the company give her an accommodation due to a religious practice I have never heard of. Do we have to comply with this request? A. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects...more

I-20 - Special Holiday Party Episode

by Cozen O'Connor on

Michael Schmidt's latest episode of Employment Law Now features a Top 10 list of tips to consider in order to avoid some holiday party mistakes for your company....more

No Fingerprinting as a Religious Accommodation? Yes, Says Court

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

You wouldn’t think that fingerprinting would be brought into the world of religious accommodations. After all, the importance of background checks cannot be denied, particularly when the prospective employee is going to...more

The “Mark of the Devil” and Religious Discrimination

Although Halloween is only a few days behind us, employers should take note of a “devilish” decision from a Pennsylvania federal court in a discrimination case late last month....more

What Can and Can't You Do to Get Ready for Flu Season

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As we get ready for flu season, employers are faced with the quandary of what to do when they want a healthy workplace in order to maintain productivity and morale, but still need to respect an individual employee’s beliefs...more

Georgia Blue Sued By EEOC For Rescinding Job Offer To Employee Who Needed Religious Accommodation

Female Employee Not Permitted to Wear Skirt Instead of Pants, Federal Agency Charges - JACKSON, Miss. - Georgia Blue, LLC, a chain of restaurants specializing in a blend of Southern and Creole foods in Flowood, Madison,...more

Raley’s Sued by EEOC For Religious Discrimination

Clerk at Chico Store Forced to Choose Between Her Job and Her Faith, Federal Agency Charges - SAN FRANCISCO - Sacramento, Calif.-based supermarket chain Raley's violated federal law by refusing to accommodate an...more

EEOC Sues Publix Super Markets For Religious Discrimination

Company Refused to Provide a Reasonable Accommodation for Rastafarian Employee's Dreadlocks, Federal Agency Charges - NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Florida-based grocer Publix Super Markets, Inc. violated federal law by refusing to...more

Lewisville Medical Practice Sued by EEOC for Religious Discrimination and Retaliation

Employee Fired for Requesting to be Excused From Mandatory Morning Bible Study, Federal Agency Charges - DALLAS - Shepherd Healthcare, a medical practice in Lewisville, Texas, violated federal law when it fired an...more

You Don’t Be THAT Person on Someone Else’s Holiday

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Today marks Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year and one of the holiest days of the Jewish year. But it’s a day of business to many....more

Sleneem Enterprises, LLC To Pay $22,500 To Settle EEOC Religious Accommodation Suit

Company Discharged Employee Because She Requested Religious Accommodation, Federal Agency Charged - DETROIT - A Michigan-based franchisee of Tim Hortons Cafe and Bake Shop will pay $22,500 to settle a religious...more

New IHRA Amendment on Religious Accommodations: What Does It Mean for Illinois Employers?

A recent amendment (Public Act 100-0100) to the Illinois Human Rights Act (IHRA) makes clear that employers in Illinois may have dress codes or grooming policies for the purposes of maintaining workplace safety or food...more

K&L Gates Triage: Avoiding the Risks Associated with Mandatory Vaccination Programs

by K&L Gates LLP on

This episode discusses the risks associated with mandatory employee vaccination programs and practical tips for health care entities on how to minimize these risks from an employment law perspective. In particular, this...more

Century Park Associates / Garden Plaza Of Greenbriar Cove Sued By EEOC For Religious Bias

Retirement Community Demanded Two Employees Work on Sabbath, Federal Agency Charges - CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- Century Park Associates, LLC, dba Garden Plaza at Greenbriar Cove, which operates a senior and assisted living...more

Illinois Passes Religious Garb Law Clarifying Religious Protections Under Illinois Human Rights Law

On August 11, 2017, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed into law Public Act 100-100, known as the “Religious Garb Law.” The law amends the Illinois Human Rights Act (“IHRA”) by clarifying the scope of protection for...more

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

On August 7 Mission Hospital, in Asheville NC, learned the truth of Oscar Wilde’s observation that no good deed goes unpunished. That’s the day a federal court denied the hospital’s motion for summary judgment in a case...more

Mining company doomed in resurrected 'mark of the beast' lawsuit

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

The U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals (whose rulings apply to all South Carolina employers) recently decided a religious accommodation case in which a jury awarded a former employee more than half a million dollars. The Equal...more

EEOC’s Motion For Sanctions Granted Over Employer’s Failure To Preserve And Produce Records

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In an EEOC lawsuit alleging that an employer failed to reasonably accommodate its Muslim employees’ requests for prayer breaks, a federal court in Colorado granted the EEOC’s motion for sanctions — as a...more

Religious Accommodations: When Biometric Scanners and the Mark of the Beast Collide

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Increasingly, employers are turning to biometric scanners – usually a fingerprint or hand scanner – to track employees’ working time. This method for clocking in and out is generally more efficient and accurate than...more

Hey, Where’d Everybody Go? Employers Beware—Solar Eclipse Mania Sweeps the Nation

by Littler on

You look around the office in August, and suddenly, without warning, everyone is gone. Or perhaps human resources and managers are starting to realize that an unusual number of employees have just asked for the same time off....more

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