Wisconsin residents who follow employment law issues may have heard that an assisted living community in Texas settled a religious discrimination lawsuit filed against it by the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on March 18. The lawsuit alleged that Senior Living Properties LLC violated laws pertaining to employee rights when it refused to make scheduling accommodations for a claimant's religious beliefs.
Under federal law, all employees are entitled to reasonable workplace accommodation for their sincerely held religious beliefs. Further, employers may not discriminate or retaliate against an employee because of their religious beliefs or any accommodations made in connection with those beliefs. When an employer fails to live up to these requirements, contacting the EEOC as well as a knowledgeable Wisconsin employment law attorney may be an employee's best option for protecting their rights.
Source: Senior Housing News, "Senior Living Properties, LLC settles discrimination suit with EEOC," Alyssa Gerace, March 19, 2013