Federal Employment Discrimination Law - Religion

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Federal law prohibits employers from discriminating against employees on the basis of religion.

In addition to a basic prohibition against discriminatory hiring practices, employers are also required to make reasonable accommodations for their employees’ religious practices unless doing so would place an undue burden on the employer’s business.

This does not mean that an employer must accommodate an employee’s every desire, even if they are religious in nature.

Here are some examples of practices which an employer must accommodate:

This list is not complete, but it gives a general sense of the types of accommodations that have been found to be reasonable under federal law.

An employer does not need to accommodate an employee’s religious practices if doing so would impose an undue hardship. This generally means that making an accommodation would be very costly, or would burden other employees. Examples include:

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