Tuesday, November 13, 2012

7th Circuit: Police Department Employee Was Offered Adequate Religious Accommodation

In Porter v. City of Chicago, (7th Cir., Nov. 8, 2012), the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the dismissal of a claim by an employee of the Chicago police records service division that the city failed to accommodate her religious practices. Plaintiff wanted Sundays off because of her church involvement. The court concluded that the city met its obligations under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act when it instead offered plaintiff a later Sunday shift that would have permitted her to attend church on Sunday mornings. The court also rejected her retaliation and disparate treatment claims.