July 28, 2021

Religion & Faith in Today’s Workplace

  • On June 17th, the U.S. EEOC sued an employer for failing to provide a religious accommodation for a Christian employee.
  • On June 9th, an employer paid $5.5M to settle a religious discrimination charge.
  • On April 28th, the EEOC examined the connections between COVID-19 and civil rights, including religion-based employment discrimination.

Fast rewind to January 15, 2021. The U.S. EEOC published updates to its Compliance Manual on Religious Discrimination. The manual addresses Title VII’s prohibition against religious discrimination in employment, including topics such as religious harassment, and workplace accommodation of religious beliefs and practices. The updated guidance describes in what ways Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII) protects individuals from religious discrimination in the workplace.  Join this interactive program as we review:

  • Coverage issues – types of cases that arise, the definition of “religion” and “sincerely held” religious belief;
  • Employment decisions – in recruitment, hiring, compensation, customer preference, and BFOQ’s;
  • Harassment – hostile work environment and employer liability;
  • Reasonable accommodation – notice, scope, and “undue hardship” defense; and
  • Related forms of discrimination – based on national origin, race, color, and retaliation.

This event and the recording are now closed.