October 16, 2013 Articles

Recent Developments in Religious Accommodation in the Workplace

Claims of failure to accommodate a sincerely held religious belief are on the rise.

By Tamara R. Jones and Elizabeth A. Erickson – October 16, 2013

Religious-discrimination claims have proliferated in recent years. Statistics released by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) indicate that 3,811 religious-discrimination charges were filed in 2012—almost twice the number of such charges filed in 2000 (1,939). Likewise, recent years have brought a flurry of lawsuits addressing Title VII religious-discrimination claims, particularly those involving alleged failure to accommodate an employee’s or applicant’s sincerely held religious belief.

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