Religious Accommodations In The Workplace
Federal and Ohio law requires employers to accommodate their employees’ religious belief, practices and observances. Religious practices and observances include, among other things:
- Displaying religious symbols
- Eating certain foods
- Attending religious services
- Wearing religious clothes or symbols
Some common types of religious accommodations employers must provide their employees include:
- Allow their employees to have different work schedules, such as different beginning or ending worktimes, changes to holiday schedules, different work breaks, and any other ways to help the employee catch up for time lost as a result of the employee’s religious observance or practice
- Eliminate the conflict by moving the employee to another position or location, or eliminate the employee’s task altogether
- Make an exception to the employer’s grooming or dress policies, if they are against the employee’s religious practices or beliefs
- Provide employees a place where they can practice their religious observances, such as an adequate place for them to pray during a break
- Provide employees the opportunity to express their religious beliefs at work
Have Your Requests Been Denied? You May Have A Case.
If your employer has not provided you the religious accommodations you have requested, you may be able to take legal action to challenge this form of workplace discrimination.