The Law at Work: What does the law require of you? Accommodating employees’ religious practices and beliefs
California law generally prohibits an employer from discriminating against an employee “because of a conflict between the person’s religious belief or observance and any employment requirement.” A religious belief or observance includes observance of a religious holy day and religious dress and grooming practices. In his The Law at Work column in the San Diego Union-Tribune, Shareholder Dan Eaton, breaks down the law to show what constitutes a religious observance and when a practice is merely a matter of personal preference or convenience. An employer’s respect for its employees’ sincerely held religious beliefs, and employees’ restraint in seeking accommodation only for matters of faith and not convenience, will help make for a peaceful holiday season for all.
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