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Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Sikh Turbans -- Easy case in Employment Discrimination?

Professor Richard Thompson Ford of Stanford Law School has this jurisprudence essay online today at Slate in which he discusses the religious freedom of employees in the workplace. He concludes:
Shouldn't employers allow largely symbolic forms of religious expression, like Sikh turbans, and grant reasonable requests to accommodate religious observances, like an observant Jew's appeal to work on Sundays rather than Saturdays? Yes, which is why anti-discrimination law already requires employers to do so when the associated cost is relatively small. [The Workplace Religious Freedom Act of 2005] would make it easier for employees to demand scheduling changes and dress-code exemptions. But it would also make it easier for them to press the more troubling sorts of claims.

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