Employment Law

Workplace Discrimination Claims On the Rise (BeliefNet – RNS)

The proposed Workplace Religious Freedom Act would provide greater protections but has languished in Congress for more than a decade, despite broad bipartisan support and support from an unusually diverse range of religious groups.

 
 

Workplace Religious Accommodation: Man Refuses to Drive 'No God' Bus (BBC)

A Christian bus driver has refused to drive a bus with an atheist slogan proclaiming "There's probably no God".

 
 

Disputes over religion and health care land in Calif. courts (ScrippsNews.com)

Dr. Catherine Kim of Simi Valley, Calif. can't do it. Her practice as an obstetrician-gynecologist is based on medical science. But her convictions as a born-again Christian sculpt every aspect of her life, from the Bible stories she reads to her kids before bedtime to the prayers she offers people who visit her office.

 
 

OUTRAGE IN COLORADO: More than 100 Muslims Fired When They Protest Employer's Policy Prohibiting Prayer Breaks (NPR)

Greeley, Colorado – Last month, more than 100 Somalis were fired for walking off the job after the company refused to let them take breaks to pray at sunset during the Muslim holiday month of Ramadan. They are in the process of filing a class-action lawsuit against the company.

 
 

Interview with Attorney and Pastor Mitch Tyner

"In my view, if we are not prepared to protect the rights of those with whom we disagree, we are not serious about religious freedom."

Former associate general counsel of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, Mitch Tyner, asks questions about the legal process, lawsuits between believers, separation of church and state, and addresses the controversy about gay marriage.

 
 

EEOC issues New Guidelines on Religious Discrimination

EEOC issues New Guidelines on Religious Discrimination

Thanks to the tireless efforts of many the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has released new guidelines that make clearer recommendations regarding workplace religious discrimination and accommodation of religious practices.  The full guidelines, available at http://www.eeoc.gov/policy/docs/religion.html , are remarkable in that the EEOC has clarified definitions and provided clear examples of prohibited conduct that can be used in evaluating cases. […]

 
 

Proposal Would Deny Federal Money if Employees Must Provide Medical Care to Which They Object (WashingtonPost.com)

The Bush Administration has proposed new regulations which would deny federal money to medical facilities if they required employees to act against their religious conscience in providing certain health benefits.  This raises a number of pertinent questions: Does this go too far, or is it just what religious employees need?  Is the proposed regulation too broad, or just right?  Should […]

 
 

Registrar wins same-sex tribunal (BBC)

From the BBC – A marriage registrar was harassed for refusing to conduct same-sex ceremonies, a tribunal has ruled. Lillian Ladele, who said the civil partnership ceremonies went against her Christian faith, hailed the decision as a "victory for religious liberty". The tribunal ruled that Miss Ladele was discriminated against on grounds of religious beliefs and was harassed. Islington council […]

 
 

California Supreme Court to Decide A Case Where Medical Rights v. Workplace Religious Freedom

Soon after issuing its opinion that gay marriage cannot be prohibited under the Constitution, the California Supreme Court is about to issue a ruling in a case where a physician declined to provide fertilization services on a lesbian (unmarried) couple, but referred them to another clinic that did provide the service on the basis that performing the service would violate […]

 
 

Testimony of Michael Peabody in favor of the Oregon Workplace Religious Freedom Act (SB 786)

Testimony of Michael Peabody in favor of the Oregon Workplace Religious Freedom Act (SB 786)

April 9, 2009 Senate Judiciary Committee Oregon State Legislature Salem, Oregon     RE:          SB 786 – Oregon Workplace Religious Freedom Act (SUPPORT)   Mr. Chairman and Members, Thank you for the opportunity to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the Workplace Religious Freedom Act.  As an attorney I have had the privilege of representing employees in several […]