6/24/11: Business Must Accomodate Religious Beliefs

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Brad Dacus, president of the Pacific Justice Institute, believes a California woman, who was fired after telling her supervisor she could not work on Sundays for religious reasons, will have the support of the courts.

Lanie Bradfield was an employee at Macy’s for 15 years. She never had trouble with getting days off for religious reasons as a part-time employee, until her manager was promoted.

In 2007, Bradfield requested a Sunday off for church and was eventually fired. She filed a lawsuit against the retailer, alleging religious discrimination, harassment, and retaliation for seeking religious accommodation.

Dacus says “Federal law requires employers to reasonably accommodate to sincerely-held religious beliefs of their employees.”