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Understanding religious accommodations in Ohio workplaces

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in Discrimination and Harassment,Employment Law,Firing,Hiring,HR Management,Human Resources

Ohio mirrors America’s growing diversity in many ways. Today, mosques occupy old churches; co-workers wear burqas and yarmulkes; and some employees request “prayer breaks.”

Religious diversity is a reason for celebration, but it also presents challenges in the workplace. The number of religious-discrimination claims filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has more than doubled in the past year.

Furthermore, the courts have not offered clear guidance to employers when dealing with religious issues. And Congress will likely be considering legislation again this year that would require employers to make ADA-style reasonable accommodations for employees’ religious practices.

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Most employers understand the basics: Federal law (Title VII of the Civil Rights Act) says that it’s illegal to discriminate based on a person’s religion in hiring, firing, promotion, pay, benefits...(register to read more)

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Darrell K. Whitfield February 21, 2012 at 3:44 pm

I filed a complaint at the Ohio Civil Rights Commission today here in the City Hal 801 Plum Street for accomadating people’s schedule for non-religious reasons but denying me the employment because my faith practice requires rest from Friday sundown till Saturday sundown and attendance at a worship service during this time. The person there at the Commission told me that I could only have off for the time of service not rest during the rest of the time as is required by my Yahwist faith. I want to know which laws on the books say this and she gave me 4112-5-05 BFOQ which is for sexual discrimination. Of course she also told me she cannot give legal advice but must remain nuetral. Where do I find in the Ohio code what laws cover scheduling in religious accomadations. The federal code seems very clear to me that unless it is a hardship to the employer or safety risk, and is equal in how you treat all employees that need an accomadation in scheduling then they are not allowed to not hire you based on your religious beliefs. Where do I find this?

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