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Flexibility Is Key to Helping Employers Avoid Religious Discrimination Claims

6.22.14

Peter Gillespie, Of Counsel in the Chicago office, was quoted in the article "Flexibility is key to helping employers avoid religious discrimination claims" on Business Insurance.

Avoiding religious discrimination claims often is more about accommodating employees' schedules and allowing latitude on headwear rules as it is about hiring, promotion or harassment issues.

Religious discrimination, which often is combined with national origin claims by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, is an ongoing, troubling issue for employers, observers say.

Employees may not specifically say why they want to modify their uniform or that they want the time off for religious reasons, said Peter J. Gillespie, of counsel at Fisher Phillip in Chicago.

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