Friday, April 01, 2011

8th Circuit: Title VII Does Not Require Saturdays Off For Postal Worker

In Harrell v. Donahue, (8th Cir., March 31, 2011), the 8th Circuit held that the U.S. Postal Service was not required to accommodate a Seventh Day Adventist letter carrier's request to have every Saturday off. The court ruled that the refusal to accommodate did not violate Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act because accommodation would have required violation of the Postal Service's collective bargaining agreement, or or its seniority system. The court also rejected plaintiff's RFRA claim, holding that Title VII is the exclusive remedy for employment discrimination claims by federal workers. [Thanks to CCH Employment Law Daily via Steven H. Sholk for the lead.]