Employment Law

Arguments scheduled on whether RFRA allows employers to limit contraceptive coverage

The United States Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments on the Hobby Lobby case for March 25, 2014.  According to SCOTUSBlog, the issue is: "Whether the [RFRA], which provides that the government ‘shall not substantially burden a person’s exercise of religion’ unless that burden is the least restrictive means to further a compelling governmental interest, allows a for-profit corporation to […]

 
 

Reviewing 2013 – The Year in Religious Liberty

Reviewing 2013 – The Year in Religious Liberty

By Stephen N. Allred – Ultimately, 2013 was a rough year for Christians in many parts of the world who were harassed, raped, murdered and persecuted on account of their faith. In comparison, American Christians, though they faced some challenges, fared rather well.

 
 

Guest Opinion: Endless exemptions for faith? Hobby Lobby case not a simple one

Guest Opinion: Endless exemptions for faith? Hobby Lobby case not a simple one

By Robert J. Ray – Realistically, can a government allow every employer to customize the rules without descending into administrative chaos? Justice Antonin Scalia argued in Oregon v. Smith that one’s religious beliefs don’t negate the need to comply with valid laws.
On the other hand, freedom of religion is a crucial principle that must be defended. But how far?

 
 

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.”