Employers Should Reasonably Accommodate Religious Practices That Do Not Cause “Undue Hardship”

EEOC charges alleging religious discrimination have risen dramatically in last 15 years. Religious accommodation disputes generally occur when an employee’s work schedule conflicts with a religious observance and when the work dress code is inconsistent with an employee’s religious dress and grooming obligations. To avoid many such conflicts, employers should consult counsel to establish a clear written policy to handle requests for religious accommodations and make reasonable efforts to find a compromise with employers regarding scheduling, dress or grooming before taking any adverse action.

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