Accommodate an Employee's Request for Time Off for Religious Reasons

Key Points

  • Under Title VII and similar state and local laws, an employer may be required to reasonably accommodate an employee's request for time off for religious reasons.
  • Whether an employer is required to grant an employee's request for time off for religious reasons will depend upon whether the request is based on a religious belief, whether the belief is sincerely held, and whether granting the request will create an undue hardship for the employer and/or co-workers.
  • In response to a request for time off for religious reasons, an employer should engage in an interactive process and a good faith discussion with the employee regarding the requested accommodation to evaluate whether the employer is able to grant the request The employer should make sure to properly document the interactive process and keep a record of all communications.

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