SCOTUS Upholds Employee Religious Accommodations

The decision was in favor of a former USPS worker who refused to work Sundays.

The Supreme Court ruled in favor of religious liberty in the case of a former U.S. postal carrier who had requested accommodation for his beliefs to not work on Sundays.

The Supreme Court was unanimous, saying the language of Title VII says employers can refuse to grant accommodations when there is an “undue hardship” on the employer, but in the case of the mail carrier the court found “de minimus” burden on the Post Office.  

In the ruling, the justices stated, “An employer violates Title VII (of the Civil Rights Act) if it fails ‘to reasonably accommodate’ an employee’s religious observance or practice, unless the employer demonstrates that accommodation would result in ‘undue hardship on the conduct of the employer’s business.’”  

The case was remanded to the appeals court for reconsideration. 

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For the judges in the appellate court as they reconsider the case under the Supreme Court’s direction.
  • For U.S. employers to reasonably accommodate employees’ observance of their faith.

Sources: NBC News, ABC News


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