Conscientious Objectors: What Employees Can — and Can’t — Refuse to Do on Religious Grounds

Bloomberg BNA Webinar
CLE Available, Webinar
October 31, 2017
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM UTC-12

Labor, Employment and Benefits Partner Kara Ariail will present a webinar on what employees can and can't refuse to do on religious grounds. The program will analyze Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission and will offer best practices for three main scenarios:

  • default rules under Title VII, as interpreted by the Supreme Court and other courts. For instance, can employees refuse to:
    • Shave a beard?
    • Remove a headscarf?
    • Serve certain customers?
  • the special case of government employees, whose religious speech/acts may raise additional First Amendment concerns — and who possibly may be affected by Masterpiece, depending on how it is decided
  • the special case of religious employers, who have more leeway to discriminate against employees on the basis of religion

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