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Accommodating Religions in the Workplace

Author: Renee C. Mattei Myers, Eckert Seamans

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as well as myriad state and local laws prohibit employers from discriminating against employees and applicants on the basis of religion in all aspects of employment. This includes: hiring, termination, pay, promotions, benefits, job assignments or any other aspect of employment. In addition, Title VII and other antidiscrimination laws require an employer to offer a reasonable accommodation in order to resolve conflicts between an individual's sincerely held religious belief and a work rule or condition of employment, unless the accommodation would create an undue hardship for the employer.