The Sikh Coalition is a strong supporter of the Workplace Religious Freedom Act (WRFA). If enacted, this landmark legislation will eliminate most forms of discrimination against employees or prospective employees on the basis of religion.
Title VII of the U.S. Civil Rights Act of 1964 requires an employer to reasonably accommodate the religious practices of an employee unless doing so would impose an undue hardship on the conduct of the employer’s business.
Under current federal law, employers can refuse to accommodate religious employees without showing that an accommodation would entail a significant difficulty or expense.
Under current federal law, employers can segregate visibly religious employees from customers and the general public, even if such employees are otherwise qualified for a job.
In most organizations, customer contact and interaction with the general public are critical to career success and advancement. In the context of religious discrimination, keeping religious minorities out of public view in the name of corporate image or uniformity reinforces bigoted stereotypes about what American workers are supposed to look like.