An arbitrary deadline does not protect an employer from its obligation to provide a religious accommodation. An employer must consider, at the time it receives a request for a religious accommodation, whether the request can be granted without undue burden.
Thursday, April 28, 2016
EEOC Sues Hospital Over Arbitrary Deadline For Religious Accommodation Requests
The EEOC announced today that it has filed a religious discrimination lawsuit against Mission Hospital based in Asheville, North Carolina. At issue are requests by 3 employees for religious exemptions from the hospital's requirement that all employees receive the flu vaccine by December each year. The hospital allows religious exemptions, but requires that the request be made by Sept. 1. The employees here made their requests after the deadline. The requests were denied and the employees were fired. According to the EEOC: