Employment Law

Washington Supreme Court Hears Arguments on Whether State Law Requires Religious Accommodation

Washington Supreme Court Hears Arguments on Whether State Law Requires Religious Accommodation

Washington state law prohibits employers from discriminating against employees in compensation or terms or conditions of employment because of age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, race, creed, color, national origin, veteran status, or disability. This case raises the issue of whether a failure to make reasonable accommodation for an employee’s sincere religious beliefs is implied in the statute.

 
 

EEOC Files Suit On Behalf of Employee Who Objects to Biometric ID

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed suit on September 23 against Consol Energy on behalf of a Christian who refused to sign into work using a biometric hand scanner

 
 

“The Price of Citizenship”? New Mexico Supreme Court rules Christian must photograph same-sex ceremony

“The Price of Citizenship”? New Mexico Supreme Court rules Christian must photograph same-sex ceremony

Yesterday, the New Mexico Supreme Court ruled that the First Amendment does not protect a photographer’s decision not to photograph a same-sex commitment ceremony even if it would violate the photographer’s deeply held religious beliefs.

 
 

Two Supreme Court Decisions Narrow Scope of Employers’ Title VII Liability

Two Supreme Court Decisions Narrow Scope of Employers’ Title VII Liability

By Michael Peabody – On Monday, June 24, 2013 the U.S. Supreme Court issued two 5-4 decisions that will make it more difficult for plaintiffs to prove that their employers violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Title VII is the federal law designed to protect employees from discrimination on the basis of factors such as race, sex, and religion.

 
 

Stanford Law Program Promotes Religious Accommodation

Stanford Law Program Promotes Religious Accommodation

Students at Stanford University School of Law have a unique opportunity to participate in the nation’s only law-school based clinic program that focuses on issues regarding religious freedom and accommodation.

 
 

(UPDATE) Kentucky Governor Vetoes Religious Freedom Bill; Legislature Overturns Veto

(UPDATE) Kentucky Governor Vetoes Religious Freedom Bill; Legislature Overturns Veto

On Friday, March 22, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear (D) vetoed a religious freedom Bill (HB 279) claiming that the bill would “cause serious unintentional consequences that could threaten public safety, health care, and individuals’ civil rights.” The legislature is expected to override the veto.

 
 

Workplace Religious Freedom Act of 2013 Introduced in U.S. Senate

On December 17, 2012 Senator John Kerry (D-MA) introduced “The Workplace Religious Freedom Act of 2013” (S.3686) which would Amend Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of religion specifically in the areas of “garb, grooming, and scheduling.”

 
 

Federal Judge: Christian Owned For-Profit Company Must Comply with HHS Mandate

Federal Judge: Christian Owned For-Profit Company Must Comply with HHS Mandate

Hobby Lobby is appealing the ruling. Ultimately, for the Greens, it may come down to the question of whether a business can serve both “God and mammon.” (Matthew 6:24).

 
 

Selfish Freedom: The Overreach of the Illinois Health Care Right of Conscience Act

Selfish Freedom: The Overreach of the Illinois Health Care Right of Conscience Act

By Jason Hines – n Illinois appellate court rendered an interesting decision last week.[1] The court upheld a lower court ruling that Illinois pharmacists do not have to sell Plan B pills to customers if they have religious objections to the use of the product. Plan B is the brand name of a drug that can prevent pregnancy if taken […]

 
 

Celebrating California’s New Religious Freedom Law (Washington Post)

Rajdeep Singh writes in the Washington Post about AB1964, recently signed into law by California Governor Jerry Brown. Excerpt: When my Sikh father immigrated to America in 1970 to practice architecture,employers told him that he could have a job only if he removed his turban and shaved his beard. He refused to abandon his faith and took his first job […]