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Beware the scope of religious accommodations

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Most employers are aware that certain dress and grooming practices generally must be accommodated in the workplace.

But HR pros and supervisors must also be mindful that some of the products their organizations handle could be inflammatory to some employees’ religious beliefs.

Case in point: A federal jury in Peoria, Ill., has awarded $240,000 to two Somalian-American Muslims who were fired from their jobs as truck drivers at Star Transport, a trucking company, when they refused to transport alcohol because it violated their religious beliefs under Islamic law, according to the EEOC, which brought the case.

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