CIVIL LITIGATION DEPARTMENT

Religious Accommodations in Employment

Workers should be able to practice their religion without facing discrimination or having to choose between their faith and their job.

The Issue

In simple terms, the issue at hand is ensuring that employers accommodate reasonable requests from employees to observe their religious beliefs. This means that workers should be able to practice their religion without facing discrimination or having to choose between their faith and their job.

American Muslims, like all Americans, face challenges related to religious accommodations in employment. They may encounter situations where employers fail to provide necessary accommodations, such as allowing time for Friday prayers or making adjustments to holiday activities. This can create a conflict between religious observance and professional responsibilities.

To address this issue, the Muslim Legal Fund of America (MLFA) plays a crucial role. We at MLFA utilize our expertise in federal court litigation, including the involvement of two attorneys who are Board Certified in Labor and Employment Litigation by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. We actively fight against religious discrimination and advocate for employers to fulfill their obligations in accommodating religious beliefs in the workplace.

MLFA has a strong track record of success in this area. We have been instrumental in changing policies regarding mandatory employee participation in holiday activities. Additionally, we have secured hundreds of hours of recovery for individuals who were denied the opportunity to attend Friday prayers over lunch hours. MLFA’s dedication to protecting religious rights and promoting fair treatment for Muslim Americans in the workplace is evident through our past achievements.

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