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EEOC Issues Compliance Manual Section on Religious Discrimination

Published by on July 22, 2008

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued today a new section of its Compliance Manual on Religious Discrimination.  The press release is here.  The new section can be found here. According to the EEOC, “The Section addresses what constitutes “religion” within the meaning of Title VII; disparate treatment based on religion; the requirement to reasonably […]

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued today a new section of its Compliance Manual on Religious Discrimination.  The press release is here.  The new section can be found here.

According to the EEOC, “The Section addresses what constitutes “religion” within the meaning of Title VII; disparate treatment based on religion; the requirement to reasonably accommodate religious beliefs and practices; religion-based harassment; and retaliation. The Section also provides guidance on the sometimes complex workplace issues involved in balancing employees’ rights regarding religious expression with employers’ need to maintain efficient, productive workplaces.

The EEOC issued this section in response to an increase in charges of religious discrimination, increased religious diversity in the United States, and requests for guidance from stakeholders and agency personnel investigating and litigating claims of religious discrimination.”

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