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SCOTUS Decision Requires Employers to Show Undue Hardship When Denying Religious Accommodation

Posted by Sarah-Kathryn Bryan | Jun 04, 2024 | 0 Comments

Last year, the United States Supreme Court ("SCOTUS") considered Geoff v. DeJoy.  This case considered the contours of when an employer can deny a religious accommodation to an employee with a sincerely held belief.

The Supreme Court unanimously held that denying such an accommodation on “undue hardship” grounds requires the employer to show the accommodation “would result in substantial increased costs in relation to the conduct of its particular business.” This decision clarified Trans World Airlines Inc. v. Hardison, the 1977 SCOTUS precedent establishing the undue hardship standard, which Justice Alito, writing for the Court in Groff, stated had been understood and applied incorrectly. Going forward, the Court instructed that the undue hardship standard must be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

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Sarah-Kathryn Bryan

Sarah Kathryn Bryan is an associate attorney at Shortell Law LLC. Ms. Bryan handles cases in family law, business, employment, estate planning and general civil litigation.

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