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In Burnsville, religious bias defense doesn’t have a prayer

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Altec Industries has agreed to pay a job applicant $25,000 after it refused to hire the Seventh-Day Adventist to work at its Burnsville facility. The applicant alleged that when he revealed that his religion forbade him to work from sundown on Friday to sundown on Saturday, the company refused to hire him.

He complained to the EEOC, claiming religious discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Altec accepted a settlement offer instead of letting the case go to trial.

In addition to paying the applicant, the company agreed to provide annual training on religious discrimination to all managers and supervisors at the Burnsville plant, post an employee rights notice and report to the EEOC its response to all employee requests for religious accommodations.

Note: Employers may only refuse to accommodate employees’ religious be­­liefs if they can demonstrate that do­­ing so would create an undue burden.

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