Section 301.04 Archived - 13 January 1997


Section 701(j) of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, creates an obligation to provide reasonable accommodation for the religious practices of an employee or prospective employee.

The underlying principle of the following guideline is: failure reasonably to accommodate the religious practices of an employee or prospective employee is an unlawful employment practice. Employers, labor organizations, and other entities covered by Title VII have an obligation to accommodate religious practices unless they can demonstrate that accommodation would result in undue hardship.

The obligation to accommodate begins when an individual notifies the employer of the need for an accommodation. Once notified, the employer should consider the available alternatives for accommodating the religious practices of the individual involved. If there is more than one alternative available which would not cause undue hardship, the employer must offer the alternative which would least disadvantage the employment opportunities of the individual requiring the accommodation.

Source: Affirmative Action Office


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