For a decade, the Chagrin Falls post office allowed mail carrier Martin Tepper to take Saturdays off to observe the Sabbath. In 2002, under pressure from fellow carriers tired of working extra weekends, the U.S. Postal Service began scheduling him for Saturday duty.
Tepper, who became a Messianic Jew two years after joining the Postal Service in 1980, sued in federal court in 2004 claiming religious discrimination. He lost his case and appealed to the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals.
The appeals court upheld the lower court’s decision, ruling, “Removal of the accommodation did not result in a change of title, job status, pay or job responsibilities.” Working Saturdays was “simply a requirement of the job for which he was hired,” the judges noted.
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