Archive for 'Religious'

In January, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”), the federal watch dog charged with enforcing anti-discrimination laws, issued proposed new harassment guidance seeking input from the public.  The public comment period ended March 21, 2017. One big take away from the Guidance is that it is the EEOC’s position that discrimination and harassment based on […]

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The U.S. Supreme Court released one of its biggest decisions since it struck down the Defense of Marriage Act one year ago, captioned Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., 189 L. Ed. 2d 675 (U.S. 2014).  In the first decision of its kind, the Court held closely-held corporations can exercise religion, are afforded religious freedom […]

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Religious dress and grooming practices became news late last year when popular clothing store Hollister (an Abercrombie & Fitch brand) fired a Muslim employee for wearing a hijab, an Islamic religious headscarf.  Initially, the employee was asked to wear headscarves in Hollister colors which she did.  After several months, a district manager was in the […]

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Holiday parties are a great way to thank your employees for their hard work over the year and build the morale and spirit of the team.  Unfortunately, it can also be a time when otherwise well-mannered employees and supervisors behave in a way that leads to disciplinary actions, lawsuits, or other problems.  Employers should take […]

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Last week, the United States Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the First Amendment protects a religious institution’s autonomy to choose its ministers, placing these decisions beyond the reach of employment discrimination statutes.  The case, Hosanna-Tabor v. EEOC, involved a religious school teacher who spent most of her time teaching secular subjects, but also taught religious […]

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