Religious Accommodations in the COVID Era

5/17/2022 at 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Event Description

1.0 Substantive Credit

In-person at the LBA

Speaker: David J. Freedman

Description: Title VII of the Civil Rights Act not only prohibits employers from discriminating against employees based on their religious beliefs, the law also requires employers to reasonably accommodate employees’ sincerely held religious beliefs unless doing so would impose an undue hardship on the employer. But this requirement raises a number of questions for employers. What constitutes a sincerely held religious belief? What, if anything, can employers ask employees to confirm the sincerity of their religious objections? What constitutes a “reasonable accommodation” and is that the same standard utilized under the Americans with Disabilities Act? What constitutes an “undue hardship”? In this session, David Freedman from Barley Snyder will delve into these issues, drawing on samples from federal cases to help attorneys representing employers and employees navigate the murky waters of religious accommodations in the workplace.

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