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Accommodate group prayer if it won’t cause ‘Hardship’

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Q. A group of our employees met during their break to have group prayer. A supervisor complained to our president, who instructed that we should notify employees that they can't pray on break time. Nor can they pray during lunch unless they leave the building. Some employees are upset. Is this policy legal? —M.S., California

A. Federal law says you're allowed to deny a religious accommodation request if it would create an “undue hardship” for your company. But it doesn't sound like this group prayer would reach that threshold. So you'd do best to work with employees to find an accommodation that meets their needs, say assigning an empty room where they can pray during scheduled breaks.

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