"All Associates To Bible Study Class Now – Its Mandatory!"

The religious discrimination cases which get reported involve, typically, an employee whose religious beliefs require certain dress or grooming which contravenes a company’s “look policy,” or an employee whose religious beliefs and practices require certain days or time off.

Here’s a twist:  What about a case where an employee, who does not share the religious belief of her employer, is nonetheless required by the employer to attend a daily Bible study class – or be fired?

Is that employee entitled to an accommodation, like absenting herself from the class? In fact, is this even a matter of religious discrimination – no one is interfering with her religious beliefs or practices.

Put the question differently: if an employee is entitled to an accommodation based upon her religious beliefs, is she entitled to an accommodation based upon her lack of religious beliefs?

Read my latest Above the Law post – “All Associates To Bible Study Now – Its Mandatory!”

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Richard Cohen

Richard B. Cohen is a partner in the New York City office of FisherBroyles, LLP, a national law firm. Richard Cohen has litigated and arbitrated complex corporate, commercial and employment disputes for more than 35 years, and is a trusted advisor to business owners and in-house counsel both in the United States and internationally. His clients have included Fortune 100 companies, domestic and foreign commercial and investment banks, Pacific-rim corporations and real estate development companies, as well as start-up businesses throughout the United States. Email Richard at [email protected]