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Encountering Religion in the WorkplaceThe Legal Rights and Responsibilities of Workers and Employers$
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Raymond F. Gregory

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780801449543

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801449543.001.0001

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Accommodation in Practice

Accommodation in Practice

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(p.195) 16 Accommodation in Practice
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Encountering Religion in the Workplace
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Raymond F. Gregory

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Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801449543.003.0017

This chapter examines how the general principles underlying an employer's duty to reasonably accommodate the religious observances and practices of its employees are applied on a daily basis by the courts. It discusses a number of court cases to highlight some general rules applicable to the resolution of reasonable accommodation issues, beginning with the dispute between truck driver David Virts and Consolidated Freightways of Nashville. Virts sued Consolidated Freightways for religious discrimination and then offered four proposals for accommodation. The chapter proceeds by looking at other cases that tackle the issues of de minimis cost and undue hardship. It shows that a worker's discrimination suit will almost certainly fail if he refused to cooperate with his employer in its efforts to find a suitable accommodation of his religious beliefs and practices.

Keywords:   religious beliefs, court cases, reasonable accommodation, David Virts, Consolidated Freightways, religious discrimination, de minimis cost, undue hardship

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