It’s hard enough having to reject an employee’s religious accommodation request right off the bat, let alone having to do it after the employee has enjoyed the accommodation for many years. How do you rescind a long-term accommodation without creating the appearance of discrimination? The answer depends on whether or not the accommodation truly creates an undue hardship on your company or just the illusion of one.
NOW YOU SEE IT, NOW YOU DON’T
For more than 10 years, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) accommodated a letter carrier’s request to avoid working on Saturdays so he could observe his Sabbath. His supervisors simply did not schedule him to work on Saturdays. During that period, staffing levels allowed the employee to have Saturdays off without disrupting the other employees’ rotating day-off schedule.
However, when staffing levels decreased due to budget constraints, the USPS had trouble filling its Sa...(register to read more)