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Hire workers through temp agencies? Be alert for religious accommodation issues

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Lately, the EEOC has been on a campaign to stamp out discrimination based on religion—especially discrimination related to religious dress.

As part of that effort, the EEOC has focused on employment agencies, demanding that they do more to ensure that the employers they refer temporary workers to aren’t biased. Essentially, the EEOC is trying to get temp agencies to take a more active role in preventing religious discrimination.

Now the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, which covers Minnesota employers, has reined in the EEOC a bit—for the time being.

Recent case: Asthma Suliman, a Muslim woman, signed up to be placed in temporary positions through Kelly Services, a temp employment agency.

One of Kelly’s biggest clients was Nahan Printing, which operates a large facility. Modern high-speed printing relies on complex machinery that pulls paper into printing presses using conveyor belts running over rollers and other equipment wit...(register to read more)

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