Rick Vernon and Julie Reddig Comment on EEOC's Religious Bias Discrimination Warning
Employment attorneys Rick Vernon and Julie Reddig were quoted in The Daily Record article "EEOC warns firms on religious bias." The article discusses the difficulties employers face in addressing workplace discrimination based on religious clothing or grooming.
The EEOC states that
Unless it would be an undue hardship on the employer's operation of its business, an employer must reasonably accommodate an employee's religious beliefs or practices. This applies not only to schedule changes or leave for religious observances, but also to such things as dress or grooming practices that an employee has for religious reasons. These might include, for example, wearing particular head coverings or other religious dress (such as a Jewish yarmulke or a Muslim headscarf), or wearing certain hairstyles or facial hair (such as Rastafarian dreadlocks or Sikh uncut hair and beard). It also includes an employee's observance of a religious prohibition against wearing certain garments (such as pants or miniskirts).
Rick Vernon and Julie Reddig are employment attorneys experienced in helping employers navigate issues like religious accommodation. For more information about religious accommodation in the workplace, contact Rick at (301) 907-2818 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Julie at (301) 961-6099 or email@example.com.
The article may be found at http://thedailyrecord.com/2014/03/17/eeoc-warns-firms-on-religious-bias/. A subscription may be required to view the article in its entirety.