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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 Out-of-the-Ordinary Circumstances

Accommodation in Out-of-the-Ordinary Circumstances

(p.205) 17 Accommodation in Out-of-the-Ordinary Circumstances
Encountering Religion in the Workplace

Raymond F. Gregory

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines out-of-the-ordinary circumstances in which accommodation arises as an issue. It first considers the case of Kimberly Cloutier, who sued Costco over dress code before turning to Charan Singh Kalsi's religious discrimination lawsuit against the New York City Transit Authority. It then discusses two other court cases involving George Daniels and Robert Roesser, along with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's guidelines on accommodation. It also assesses the relevant provisions of the National Labor Relations Act regarding the payment of union dues by workers holding religious convictions that oppose union activities. It suggests that a solution for workers with religious convictions that oppose labor unions is to pay to charitable institutions what other workers pay to their union as dues.

Keywords:   accommodation, Kimberly Cloutier, Charan Singh Kalsi, religious discrimination, New York City Transit Authority, court cases, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, National Labor Relations Act, union dues, labor unions

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