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Workplace Religious Discrimination: New EEOC Guidance and Court Developments

Webinar: ID# 1013858
Recorded CD
About This Course:
This webinar will provide guidance to counsel on best practices for employers to avoid claims of workplace religious discrimination. The panel will review hiring, accommodation and termination practices amid increased ambiguity in the standards and a surge in employee claims.

Course Description

Religion-based complaints in the workplace continue to rise faster than other types of discrimination complaints. The complaints vary, including employee requests for accommodations to avoid working on the Sabbath and being allowed to wear religious clothing at work.

On Mar. 6, 2014, the EEOC issued guidance to help employers understand the complex issues surrounding religious accommodations. Counsel must understand this new guidance and how to navigate Title VII complexities regarding reasonable accommodation, undue hardship, sincere religious belief, and notice standards.

In addition to accommodation issues, counsel to employers must reconsider hiring and termination practices to reflect a more diverse workforce that sometimes results in a collision of varied religious traditions. Counsel must keep employers updated on both their rights and obligations during the hiring and firing process.

Listen as our authoritative panel provides best practices for hiring, the provision of reasonable accommodations, and avoiding discriminatory terminations. They will also provide employers' counsel with an analysis of recent case law developments.


  • Hiring practices
  • Reasonable accommodations
    • Sincere religious belief
    • Notice of accommodation issues
    • Undue hardship
    • Types of accommodations
  • Termination practices
  • EEOC guidelines and legal theories for violations

The panel will review these and other key questions:

  • How can counsel aid employers in navigating the ambiguous religious reasonable accommodation standards, recent EEOC guidance, and case law?
  • What are the employers' rights and obligations during the hiring and firing process?
  • What types of accommodations should employers consider based on the context of the accommodation request?

Following the speaker presentations, you'll have an opportunity to get answers to your specific questions during the interactive Q&A.


Gayla C. Crain, Shareholder
Crain Cubbage Wilson, Dallas
Ms. Crain represents clients in all areas of labor and employment law. She counsels and represents public employers and private companies in a diverse range of industries. Her extensive experience before federal and state courts, administrative agencies, and arbitration tribunals includes complex employment and business litigation disputes.

Stephen E. Fox, Principal
Fish &Richardson, Dallas
As chair of the firm's Employment/Executive Mobility practice group, Mr. Fox's practice focuses on litigation and counseling, particularly in the areas of trade secret theft, corporate espionage, unfair competition, wage/hour collective actions, class actions, and employment discrimination. His $32M judgment in favor of computer game pioneer, Richard Garriott, was identified as one of the country's top 10 largest employment law verdicts.

Michelle Seldin Silverman, Partner
Morgan Lewis &Bockius, Princeton, N.J.
Ms. Silverman focuses her practice on counseling and defending clients in connection with employment discrimination claims. She frequently handles matters involving allegations of harassment, wrongful termination, and retaliation, as well as those alleging disparate impact and pattern or practice discrimination. Ms. Silverman regularly represents clients before the EEOC and the OFCCP.

CPE Credits Available!

This program has been approved for 1.5 CPE hours through Strafford Publications. CPE Credit is available only for the LIVE webcast. Recorded versions do not qualify for credit.

Strafford is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit.

To obtain CPE credit, attendees must participate in the live event, return an Official Record of Attendance to Strafford affirming their participation (including the CPE code announced during the program), and pay a processing fee of $35 per person. Strafford then will mail a certificate of credit within approximately two weeks of receiving your completed Official Record of Attendance.

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