Does an employer need to accommodate an employee's request to wear a religious head covering in the workplace?

Author: Jill Gormley, Strong and Clear Communications

Yes. An employer should make every effort to accommodate an employee's request to wear a religious head covering in the workplace unless it presents an undue hardship and there is a safety issue or a legitimate business need to deny the request. The accommodation should be granted even if the employer otherwise bars head coverings in the workplace. Otherwise, an employer may be liable for religious discrimination.