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