Supreme Court rules in favor of Walgreens in religious bias case

Supreme Court rules in favor of Walgreens in religious bias case

THE WHAT? The US Supreme Court has thrown out a case of religious bias bought against Walgreens by a former employee, according to a report published by Reuters.

THE DETAILS The judges declined to review a lower court decision also in favour of Walgreens.

The employee was a Seventh Day Adventist who was fired for failing to attend an urgent training session held on a Saturday. He filed a lawsuit against the drug store chain under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, which requires employers to ‘reasonably accommodate’ workers’ religious practices unless it would cause the company ‘undue hardship’.

THE WHY? In interpreting the Title VII provision, the court found that Walgreens had adequately discharged its obligation by, for example, shifting the training schedule to suit its employee’s religious requirements where possible.

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