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US Supreme Court broadened religious accommodations in workplace

The Supreme Court broadened religious accommodations in the workplace in a unanimous ruling Thursday. Gerald Groff, an evangelical Christian man, and former U.S. Postal Service (USPS) employee, quit his job and sued the USPS after it began requiring him to work on Sundays on grounds of religious discrimination.


The Court ruled that employers must “reasonably accommodate” workers’ religions and not just “assess the reasonableness of a particular possible accommodation or accommodations.”

In his majority opinion, Justice Samuel Alito wrote, “We think it is enough to say that an employer must show that the burden of granting an accommodation would result in substantial increased costs in relation to the conduct of its particular business.”

After eight years of mission work, Groff found a career at the USPS and, for four years, had very few issues with the interaction between his faith and his occupation since mail was historically not delivered on Sundays. It was only after Amazon contracted USPS to deliver their packages that Groff was told he had to work every day of the week.


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