Friday, December 09, 2016

4th Circuit Hears Employment Discrimination Case

The U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday heard oral arguments in Abeles v. Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. (Audio of full oral argument.) In April, a Virginia federal district court rejected plaintiff's claim that she was discriminated against because of her Orthodox Jewish faith when she was suspended for five days after stayed off work on the last two days of Passover. (District court opinion.) Among the issues on appeal are whether plaintiff followed proper procedures in requesting time off, and whether RFRA and the Virginia Religious Freedom Act apply to the case.  Becket Fund has links to documents in the case.