Topic: religious discrimination

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 »

New Year Brings New California Employment Laws

California employers and HR managers take note: the winds of change are blowing in your state, and they’re headed right for your employment practices… On January 1, 2013, a broad range of new and revised labor regulations go into effect. Here’s a look at nine of them: 1. Written contracts for employees on commission: “Beginning… Read more »

Workplace Discrimination: Latest Need-to-Know from JD Supra

We welcome one of our newest JD Supra contributors — the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission — with a roundup of recent updates on workplace discrimination and related legal issues. For your reference: ATK to Pay $100,000 to Settle EEOC Race Discrimination Case (U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission): “Alliant Techsystems, Inc. (ATK), a Minnesota-based company that… 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 »

Breastfeeding, Social Media, Wages, Human Trafficking: California Employers Face Mountain of New Labor Laws

On September 30, 2012, California’s Governor Jerry Brown signed a package of new employment laws and amendments to existing statutes, most of which go into effect on January 1. Here are some of the highlights: On social media privacy: “Assembly Bill No. 1844 prohibits an employer from ‘requiring or requesting an employee or applicant for… Read more »

Religion in the Workplace: More Than Just Faith in the System

“…it is not necessary to get into theological debates when asked for a religious accommodation. This is the case even if the employee’s belief seems ‘ridiculous’ to the employer.” For your reference, here are a handful recent law firm updates covering the myriad issues around religious discrimination in the workplace. Do you know how to… Read more »