It is extremely easy for an employer to forget that the holiday season is based on religion for the majority of employees. The law prohibits an employer from discriminating against an employee because of religion. Additionally, an employer must offer a reasonably accommodate an employee’s religious belief, if needed. A reasonable accommodation could be as simple as allowing the employee to take off work to observe their religious holiday, such as Christmas or Hanukkah. Of course, it is not always clear what is and what is not a reasonable religious accommodation.
There are simple steps that employees and employers can take to avoid conflict. However, contact Stacy Cole Law, P.C. if you have a dispute in the workplace regarding religious accommodations.