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Have we provided enough options for religious accommodation?

10/15/2018

Q: “An employee is requesting religious accommodation for Wednesday night prayer study. The employee works at a unit that has different operating hours than the larger units. It is also staffed with fewer people. The operating hours require full time employees work 10:45-7:15 for an eight hour shift, Monday -Thursday. Fridays and Saturdays are open until 5. Consequently, we are unable to accommodate every Wednesday night off without hardship. What we have to offer as accommodation is flexible scheduling: The employee may, with supervisor permission, switch another day with a co-worker. She could also request to be scheduled every Friday and Saturday and have off on Wednesday. An employee may also schedule vacation time on those Wednesdays to attend the prayer study, or apply for jobs at different units that may have additional flexibility. Do these options reflect reasonable accommodation?” – Anonymous, Ohio

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