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Religious Accommodation in the Workplace: Employer and Employee Rights and Obligations
Religion in the workplace is among the most contentious and difficult areas for employers and employees to navigate. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employers, with the exception of religious organizations, from discriminating against individuals because of their religion in hiring, firing, and other terms and conditions of employment. This means that employers may not treat employees or job applicants less favorably because of their religion.
The risks of getting it wrong, and the rewards of getting it right, are powerful motivators to employers to pay careful attention to the issue of religious accommodation. The law protects not only people who belong to traditional and organized religions, such as Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism, but also others who have sincerely held religious, ethical or moral beliefs. Therefore, it’s imperative employers and employees understand their rights and obligations with respect to religious accommodation.
WHY YOU SHOULD ATTEND THIS WEBINAR:
This live, online webinar will provide an in-depth summary of what employers are required to do to provide a religious accommodation for employee’s religious beliefs. The program will also address the challenges faced by employers regarding requests for religious accommodation and what they must do to remain compliant with Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Additionally, participants will learn best practices for reducing an employer’s risk of liability from claims of religious discrimination based on a failure to accommodate in different employer/employee interactions.
TOPICS COVERED IN THIS SESSION:
- Overview of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 & its relationship to religious accommodation
- Defining “religion” under Title VII
- Role of the EEOC
- Traditional and organized religions, including who have sincerely held religious, ethical or moral beliefs.
- Defining harassment that is based on religion
- Quid Pro Quo, Hostile Work Environment, Retaliation & Discrimination
- Workplace proselytizing and expression
- Posting of bible quotes, religious slogans and/or posters in the workplace
- Dress and grooming policies
- Reasonable accommodation of employee’s sincerely held religious practices
- Examples of religious practices and common religious accommodations sought in the workplace
- What is “reasonable accommodation?”
- Defining “undo hardship”
- The religious accommodation process
- Employees’ responsibilities
- Religious Freedom Restoration Acts (RFRAs)
- Avoiding liability
- Employee best practices
- Tips for employers when handling tricky religious accommodations
WHO WILL BENEFIT FROM THIS WEBINAR:
- Senior Leadership
- HR Directors, Managers & Representatives
- Managers & Supervisors
- Operation Professionals
- Compliance Professionals
Join Diane Dee, President of Advantage HR Consulting, LLC on March 9, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. CDT for this informative, 90-minute live webinar where participants will learn best practices for reducing an employer’s risk of liability from claims of religious discrimination based on a failure to accommodate in various employer/employee interactions.