reasonable accommodation for religious beliefs

Discrimination based upon religion is in the news, we said on August 24th, after the EEOC sued a Food Lion store in North Carolina for refusing to accommodate, and firing, an employee who is a Jehovah’s Witness.

The EEOC has just filed three new Title VII lawsuits based upon religious discrimination, with two involving the

26135611_sWe have often written that tattoos, certain headwear or other garb, and grooming habits, are not per se covered by Title VII.  That is, an employer can reject for hiring or otherwise discriminate against any person the basis of the above criteria.

Indeed, we just wrote (on March 2nd) about “lookism” or “beauty bias,” and

24834680_sWe discussed religious accommodation a lot in the last year, and on October 23, 2012 we commented that religion and the workplace is a big topic on both sides of the Atlantic, with the issue of religious liberty in the workplace bedeviling the courts.

The EEOC ended the year with a nod to religious discrimination

For quite awhile we have reported about the EEOC’s targets as set forth in its Strategic Enforcement Plan (“SEP), and noted that “vulnerable worker” abuse and religious discrimination were in the cross-hairs.  Two new settlements emphasize this.

18936794_sThe EEOC has reported that it has settled a religious discrimination case for $100,000 filed against an

21070513_sApropos of our posts recently chronicalling the increase in the number of cases of religious discrimination,  we recommend an article written by my friend Lily Strumwasser, Esq. in Inside Counsel entitled “Compliance:  Religious Discrimination – It’s On The Rise.”

Lily describes what religious discrimination is, charts the rise in lawsuits nicely, set forth a short

19557918_sIn a fascinating but disturbing story, The New York Times reports today that as part of “a so-called Charter of Quebec Values,” Quebec’s governing Parti Québécois “plans to forbid government employees to wear ‘overt and conspicuous’ religious symbols while on the job. Everyone from judges to teachers would have to doff their hijabs, kippas, niqabs,

13895925_sGreat article in today’s Wall Street Journal  (page B1) about employment discrimination in the workplace based upon religion – and the increasing number of claims filed by employees.  It discusses the cases which we have discussed over the last year or two, including the Abercrombie cases, and describes the fact patterns involving dress codes,