Religious Accommodation Test on Thin Ice With Justices’ New Case

Bloomberg Law
January 19, 2023

Erika Todd was quoted in the article "Religious Accommodation Test on Thin Ice With Justices’ New Case", published in Bloomberg Law. The article discusses Title VII requirements towards reasonable accommodations for a worker’s religious beliefs as long as those accommodations don’t present an “undue hardship” on a business. A previous decision defined that term as “more than de minimis cost,” meaning that employers need not accommodate a worker if doing so would cause more than a minor burden on the business.

Erika explains how since then, courts have varied in how to interpret “de minimis,” turning it into an extremely fact-specific inquiry. “Sometimes there will be a perfect solution that makes everyone happy, sometimes the solution may not be ideal for the employee.”

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