Accommodating religion in the workplace


Although religions are defined by how similar they are compared to “traditionally” recognized religions, the judicial inquiry is whether the religious beliefs are religious in nature, not whether they are real, truthful or orthodox.

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From the outset, Patterson made it clear that he would be unavailable for shifts during the Sabbath.

In response, Walgreens accommodated his religious request for several years.

For example, his Walgreens supervisor agreed to schedule regular training classes between Sunday and Thursday, to work around Patterson’s Sabbath observance and in his position as a trainer.

In addition, Walgreens allowed him to find substitutes for any training work sessions scheduled during his Sabbath observance.

Religious discrimination can also include treating someone differently because that person is associated with an individual of a religion or because of his or her connection with a religious organization.