This rapid response webinar panel analyzes the Supreme Court’s decision on June 29, 2023, involving a postal worker denied religious accommodation for his observance of Sunday as the Lord’s day, and his consequent refusal to participate in delivery of Amazon packages. In a unanimous decision, the high court held that Title VII's requirement that, in order to deny a religious accommodation, an employer must demonstrate that granting the request would impose an "undue hardship on the conduct of the employer’s business," should be interpreted to mean that "the burden of granting an accommodation would result in substantial increased costs in relation to the conduct of its particular business." In so doing, the Court set aside lower courts' reading of its decision in TWA v. Hardison (1977), so as to mean that employers are not required to provide religious accommodations if doing so would result in more than a de minimis hardship. Employee advocates have been seeking to revisit this standard at least since the early 1990s. A secondary issue had to do with the extent to which impacts on coworkers or third parties may constitute an undue hardship “on the conduct of the employer's business,” as the statute provides. This webinar addresses how the Supreme Court decision impacts both employers and the millions of Americans who have beliefs or faith practices that may, at times, conflict with job duties.
- Amrith Kaur Aakre – Legal Director, The Sikh Coalition
- Wendy Musell – Founding Partner, Law Offices of Wendy Musell; Former President, California Employment Lawyers Association
- Dawn Reddy Solowey – Partner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP
- Michael A. Helfand – Brenden Mann Foundation Chair in Law and Religion, Pepperdine Caruso Law
- Richard T. Foltin – Fellow for Religious Freedom, Freedom Forum; Special Counsel, ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice; Co-Chair, Religious Freedom Committee, ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice
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