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Pastor, Church & Law

written by Richard R. Hammar, J.D., LL.M., CPA

Failure to Accommodate Employees' Religious Practices

Volume 3 . Chapter 8, Part 3 . § 8-12.7
Key Point 8-12.7 Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits covered employers from discriminating against any employee on account of the employee's religion. Employers are required to "reasonably accommodate" employees' religious practices, so long as they can do so without undue hardship on the conduct of their business. Many state civil rights laws have a similar provision.

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 makes it unlawful for a covered employer to "discharge any individual, or otherwise to discriminate against any individual with respect to his compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment, because of such individual's … religion." Religion is defined to include only those "aspects of religious observance ...

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