Religious Discrimination Claims on the Rise.

Religious discrimination charges filed with the EEOC are on the rise. Title VII prohibits harassment and discrimination because of one’s religion as well as retaliation against an employee who complains of such misconduct. To minimize the risk of costly litigation, employers should 1. Revise employee handbooks to prohibit religious harassment and discrimination in the same manner as policies and procedures covering sex, race and other unlawful discrimination; 2. Make sure H/R managers are trained to handle complaints of religious harassment or discrimination and to fairly consider requests for reasonable accommodation of religious observances; and 3. Avoid rigid enforcement of workplace dress or appearance requirements merely based on the preferences of customers without due consideration of the EEOC Compliance Manual.

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