Dudley C. Rochelle on Religious Discrimination and Religious Accommodations

In 2007, we are beginning to see the results of cases brought by and for these alleged victims of the backlash 9-11.  Along with these plaintiffs, other religious believers are filing claims related to religious dress code issues.

As the results come in, it appears that the attitude of courts and juries towards religious believers claims for accommodation may be changing. Courts remain willing to uphold dress codes in general, especially for uniformed officers of the law and for safety reasons. At the same time, the workplace trend appears to be moving towards more requests for accommodation of religiously-mandated dress.

This commentary addresses a number of accommodation scenarios, taken from recent court rulings, which illustrate this momentum towards more claims of religious accommodation in workplace dress and grooming standards.

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