Topic: Religion

Healthcare Reform: New Rules for Birth Control Coverage

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again… Since its introduction in August 2011, the contraceptive coverage mandate – which requires employer-sponsored health plans to include coverage for birth control medications and devices – has been one of the more controversial provisions of the Obama Administration’s healthcare reform measures. Jean Hemphill of law firm… Read more »

Are Vegans Protected in the Workplace?

Here’s something to chew on: are vegans protected for their beliefs in the workplace? Thanks to a recent federal court ruling, we should be able to find out. The background, from labor attorney Maria Greco Danaher of law firm Ogletree Deakins: “Sakile Chenzira, a confirmed vegan, was … was allowed to forego [for more than… Read more »

EEOC Targets Discrimination Against Muslim and Arab Employees

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is cracking down on religious discrimination in the workplace, particularly that committed against Muslim and Arab workers, write Robert Meyer and David Woodard of law firm Poyner Spruill: “The EEOC reports that in the initial months after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the Commission saw a 250% increase in… Read more »

Workplace Discrimination: 7 Areas Targeted by the EEOC

“The [Equal Opportunity Employment Commission] received a total of 99,947 charges of discrimination in fiscal year 2011, a slight increase from the year before… [and] filed 300 lawsuits and 261 ‘merits’ lawsuits, which include direct suits and interventions alleging violations of the substantive provisions of the statutes enforced by the EEOC and suits to enforce… Read more »

Supreme Court Says Separation of Church and State Applies to Hiring Decisions – Confirms “Ministerial Exception”

Are religious institutions (i.e., churches) free to dismiss ministers without regard to federal employment discrimination laws? On January 11, 2012, a unanimous Supreme Court answered that question with a resounding “yes:” “… the Courts of Appeals have uniformly recognized the existence of a ‘ministerial exception,’ grounded in the First Amendment, that precludes application of [employment… Read more »