Religious Discrimination

Friday, February 19, 2016

Employers Must Engage in Dialogue Regarding Religious Accommodations

The National Federation of the Blind, based in Baltimore, agreed to pay $25,000 to an employee who alleged he was fired from his bookkeeping position because he refused to work on Saturdays. The employee was a practicing Hebrew Pentecostal, a Christian denomination, whose Sabbath is on Saturdays. The employee stated that he attempted to engage his employer in a dialogue. But, instead, he was terminated. Under the terms of the settlement agreement, the Federation will conduct anti-discrimination training and post a notice informing employees that they are entitled to reasonable accommodations for their religious practices. 

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