Religious Accommodation in the Workplace

On June 29, 2023, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Groff v. DeJoy that under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, employers must reasonably accommodate an employee’s religious beliefs or practices unless doing so would result in substantial increased cost in relation to the conduct of the employer’s particular business. The ruling explicitly rejected the “de minimis” test that was previously applied to religious accommodations.

To mitigate liability moving forward, employers will need to follow the Supreme Court’s new guidance on religious accommodations. Employers should update internal policies, handbooks, and procedures for processing religious accommodation requests and train managers and supervisors, as well as human resources personnel, on applicable employment discrimination laws and compliance.

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As employers continue to make sense of the aftermath of the Groff decision, labor and employment law practitioners will need to make sure that their organization is well-equipped to implement the new standard when considering religious accommodation requests. To help avoid liability and demonstrate compliance with employment discrimination laws, download our Sample Equal Employment Opportunity Policy to provide employees with a clear process for addressing claims of religious discrimination or harassment.

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