Supreme Court Expands Religious Freedom for Employees

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In a unanimous decision the Supreme Court has expanded legal protections for Christian employees, and members of other faiths as well, granting them greater workplace protections. The case involved a Christian postal worker who was fired from the Postal Service for refusing to work on Sunday. The court clarified that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 requires covered employers to reasonably accommodate an employee’s practice of religion, and that the burden of accommodation must rise to an excessive or unjustifiable level to be considered an “undue hardship.” The decision is seen as a significant victory for religious liberty in the workplace and comes at a time when employees face increasing pressure from companies on issues conflicting with their religious beliefs.