Federal law bans employers from committing religious discrimination against their employees. As part of this prohibition against workplace religious discrimination, federal law requires that employers provide reasonable accommodations for the religious beliefs of their employees unless doing so would cause undue hardship.
Recently, a case that involved allegations of religious discrimination was settled. The case was from Washington. The case involved a large retail chain. The chain was accused of having committed religious discrimination against a man who worked as an assistant manager at a store the chain has in Colville, Washington.
The man in question is a Mormon. Reportedly, as part of the man's religious beliefs regarding the Sabbath, the man does not work on Sundays. According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, initially, the retail chain accommodated this aspect of the man's religious beliefs in its scheduling of the man. Reportedly, the chain continued to make these accommodations for fourteen years.
The EEOC claimed that, in 2009, the retail chain stopped making these accommodations for the man's religious beliefs. According to the EEOC, this alleged stopping of the accommodation of the man's religious beliefs led to the man facing termination threats and discipline for following his religious beliefs regarding the Sabbath.
A lawsuit was brought by the EEOC in a federal court in Washington against the retail chain in connection to these allegations. The retail chain and the EEOC recently reached a settlement in regards to this lawsuit. Under the terms of this settlement, the retail chain will make a monetary payment and take certain steps aimed at preventing religious discrimination.
Source: U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, "Wal-Mart Settles EEOC Religious Discrimination Suit," June 1, 2012