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Religious Accommodation

Three Point Shot - March 2018

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

Can a High School Football Coach Say a Hail Mary after a Hail Mary? High school football coach Joseph Kennedy was not instructing his quarterback to take a knee in victory formation to run down the clock. Instead, in an...more

Five Tips For Handling Tricky Religious Accommodations

When an employee’s religious beliefs conflict with a workplace policy, you need to consider whether a reasonable accommodation can be made, without creating an undue hardship. Many times, these religious accommodations...more

What a Fool Believes? These Non-Fake Employment News Stories

by Littler on

Over the last few months, many employees have sounded the alarm about sexual harassment (not funny). One issued a false alarm about an impending nuclear disaster (also not terribly funny). Sometimes Human Resources...more

The Sliding Scale of Reasonable Accommodations

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

We have previously discussed how to protect against religious discrimination claims and best practices when addressing requests for religious accommodations. A recent decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth...more

Employer Not Required to Guarantee Scheduling Preference as Religious Accommodation

Perhaps the most frequently requested religious accommodation under Title VII involves scheduling to avoid working certain times of the week. Employers must consider allowing accommodations to allow employees time away from...more

Annual Report on EEOC Developments — Fiscal Year 2017

by Littler on

This Annual Report on EEOC Developments—Fiscal Year 2017, our seventh annual Report, is designed as a comprehensive guide to significant EEOC developments over the past fiscal year. The Report does not merely summarize case...more

Get it on the Calendar: Employees’ Sabbath Work Claims Survive, but Tenth Circuit Rejects Broad “Complete” or “Total” Theories of...

The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals recently reversed a decision by the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah granting summary judgment in favor of Kellogg USA in a case involving an alleged failure to accommodate...more

Mandatory Flu Vaccines Land Healthcare Facility In Court

by Holland & Hart LLP on

After rescinding a job offer to an applicant, a Michigan healthcare provider finds itself in federal court defending a religious accommodation claim. If your organization requires employees to get flu vaccines, your policy...more

Protecting the conscience and religious beliefs of health care workers

by Bricker & Eckler LLP on

The Trump administration has created a new division within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) tasked with protecting the moral and religious beliefs of health care workers. ...more

A New Valentine’s Day Conundrum for Employers: Could Emoji Messages Amount to Harassment in the #MeToo Era?

It’s Valentine’s Day yet again, but this year the climate is different for employers. Between the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, and the near-daily collapse of famous and powerful men (and some women) due to allegations of...more

Decostar Industries to Pay $38,500 to Settle EEOC Religious Discrimination Suit

Company Fired Employee Over Religious Sabbath Request, Federal Agency Charged - ATLANTA - Decostar Industries, Inc., a manufacturer and supplier of automotive parts based in Carrollton, Ga., will pay $38,500 and provide...more

PTO and Schedule Swaps May Not Fulfill Employer's Religious Accommodation Obligations

Title VII requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations for employees’ religious beliefs and practices. While this accommodation obligation may not be as high as that imposed for disabilities under the ADA, a recent...more

XPO Last Mile Will Pay $94,541 To Settle EEOC Religious Discrimination Suit

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 company that specializes in the delivery of items such as...more

Employment Law This Week®: DOL’s Association Health Plan Proposal, NJLAD Includes Nursing Mothers, New Unpaid Intern Test, HHS’s...

by Epstein Becker & Green on

We invite you to view Employment Law This Week® - a weekly rundown of the latest news in the field, brought to you by Epstein Becker Green. We look at the latest trends, important court decisions, and new developments that...more

Security Services Company to Pay $90,000 To Settle EEOC Religious Discrimination Suit

Muslim Security Guard Was Denied Accommodation, Federal Agency Charges - SAN DIEGO - Universal Protection Services, LP, dba Allied Universal Security Services, a nationwide private security services company, will pay...more

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

by Snell & Wilmer on

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

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