Q. An employee we hired a couple weeks ago just told us that he is Muslim and can’t work on Fridays. During the interview, he was asked whether anything would prohibit his working a proposed schedule that specifically included Fridays. He said no, in writing. Can we let this guy go?
A. Although you could terminate him because he was not truthful during the interview process, now that he has asked you to accommodate his religious beliefs, you should evaluate whether you can accommodate him.
If you need someone to work on Fridays, one option would be to ask other employees if they want to swap shifts with this employee. You can’t force other employees to swap shifts.
If you can’t determine a way for the employee to have Fridays off without causing an undue hardship to the company, you can let the employee go.
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