HR Stories Podcast - where the Lesson is in the Story

The Tale of the Beard and the Applicant - EEOC Religious Accommodation

October 01, 2020 John Thalheimer and Chuck Simikian, SHRM-SCP Episode 4
HR Stories Podcast - where the Lesson is in the Story
The Tale of the Beard and the Applicant - EEOC Religious Accommodation
Show Notes

An applicant walks in....you want to hire him...he has a beard...you say he has to shave it...he says no, because of his religion. What happens now?

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employment discrimination based on religion. This includes refusing to accommodate an employee's sincerely held religious beliefs or practices. Understanding what that means and how Title VII protects personal religious expression can save you and your company a lot of money in legal fees.

In this episode of the HR Stories Podcast, John and Chuck explore the Tale of the Beard and then break it down so you can learn from other's mistakes.

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All views expressed in the presented Stories are not necessarily that of Chuck and John. The stories are shared to present various, real-world scenarios and share how they were handled by policy and, at times, law. Chuck and John are not lawyers and always recommend working with an employment lawyer to address concerns.