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Religious Freedom

Workplace Religious Freedom


Summary of Policy and Recommendations
  • ADL supports federal legislation that would establish a higher standard for employers to accommodate religious employees, and protect these employees from being discriminated against solely on the basis of their religious beliefs. 
Background

Religious employees often confront conflicts between their employment obligations and their religious obligations.   Federal law requires an employer to “reasonably accommodate” an employee’s religious observances, practices and beliefs. However, an employer need not “reasonably accommodate” if the employer can show that accommodation would cause an “undue hardship” on business.  The United States Supreme Court has ruled that an employer need not accommodate an employee’s religious practices if that employer would have to incur anything more than minimal costs.

ADL supports federal legislation that would establish a higher standard for employers to accommodate religious employees, and protect these employees from being discriminated against solely on the basis of their religious beliefs. 

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ADL Recommendations to RNC and DNC Platforms (.pdf)
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ADL Submits Policy Priorities to Democratic and Republican Platform Committees (7/21/08)
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