The law, called the “Work­place Reli­gious Free­dom Act” by sup­port­ers, changes the legal stan­dard by which courts review claims of reli­gious work­place dis­crim­i­na­tion by pub­lic and pri­vate city employees.

Under cur­rent city law, employ­ers are required to make ‘rea­son­able accom­mo­da­tions’ for the reli­gious prac­tices of their employ­ees. How­ever, employ­ers can bypass this require­ment by show­ing that such accom­mo­da­tions would impose min­i­mal dif­fi­culty or expense for the employer’s busi­ness. This law will still allow employ­ers to deny reli­gious accom­mo­da­tions, but only by prov­ing that such accom­mo­da­tions would con­sti­tute a “sig­nif­i­cant dif­fi­culty or expense.”

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