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EEOC: Religious schedule request cost applicant job

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A registered nurse claims North Memorial Health Care in Robbinsdale, Minn., withdrew its employment offer after she requested a religious accommodation. The woman is a Seventh-day Adventist and had sought a schedule that would not force her to work from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday.

When the hospital allegedly refused to accommodate her, the nurse said she would accept the job anyway. But she claims the hospital then rescinded the job offer.

Following an EEOC investigation, it sued, alleging North Memorial Health Care violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act when it refused the nurse’s accommodation request.

Note: Employers may only refuse a religious accommodation request if they can demonstrate that accommodating the request would pose an undue burden. The employer here apparently performed no such analysis.

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