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How to Address and Accommodate an Employee's Request to Pray at Work

Author: William Denham

Federal, state and local laws forbid discrimination based on religion and prohibit retaliation for engaging in protected activities, such as requesting religious accommodation. For instance, since 9/11 the EEOC has made a special effort to protect the religious exercises of Muslim employees. As the workforce becomes increasingly diverse, prudent employers should be sensitive to the religious practices of their employees, including employee requests to pray during working hours. That sensitivity should include taking the following steps to address and accommodate an employee's desire to pray at work.