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From the courtroom: Religious accommodation do’s and don’ts

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Let these recent course cases serve as a reminder on how to handle religious accommodation in your workplace.

DO Tell supervisors that all religious accommodation requests must go through HR for review.

In an expensive reminder of what not to do, a Florida jury has ordered a $22 million payday for a hotel employee whose request for religious accommodation was honored for six years, and then suddenly revoked.

Recent case: Marie worked as a dishwasher at the Conrad Miami Hotel. She is a member of the Soldiers of Christ Church, a missionary group.

In 2009, the hotel tried to scheduled her to work on Sundays. However, she threatened to quit, saying she needed Sundays off for religious reasons. The hotel accommodated her request for the next six years.

By late 2015, the kitchen manager told her she had to start working Sundays. To avoid doing so, she managed to switch shifts with co-workers until early in 2016.

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