As we approach the holiday season, we should be cognizant of the many different religious beliefs within the workplace.
Religion in the workplace is not only difficult for employers but employees as well. In a diverse and a religious pluralistic society, conflict are bound to happen.
In most cases, employers must allow employees to take off on religious holidays. Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act employers are obligated to provide reasonable religious accommodation
1. Be proactive. Have policies in place that address religious accomendations
2. Train managers and supervisors on policy and procedures concerning religious accommodation
3. Take request for religious accommodations seriously
4. Don’t hesitate to ask an employee for additional information if need be.
5. Be proactive and have alternative accommodations in place if you intend to deny the specific religious accommodation requested by the employee