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The New York Times: A senior tennis team with Orthodox Jewish members is suing the United States Tennis Association over its refusal to change a tournament schedule to accommodate the players’ observance of the Sabbath.
Public Discourse: I have never eaten at Chick-fil-A, nor do I plan to. I keep kosher, and as far as I know, there are still no kosher Chick-fil-As—but with a kosher Dunkin’ Donuts in Teaneck, NJ, and a kosher McDonald’s in Jerusalem, perhaps a kosher Chick-fil-A in the Upper West Side may not be too far off. Still, when I heard about Mr. Cathy’s death, my attention was piqued by one piece of news: all of Chick-fil-A’s locations are closed on Sundays.
Christian Concern: The Court of Appeal has today (5th December) upheld protection of Sundays as a day of worship and rest for Christians. In a landmark judgment, the Court of Appeal dismissed earlier findings that Sunday observance was ‘not a core component of the Christian faith’. The ruling comes in the case of children’s worker, Celestina Mba.
KRQE.com: The complaint says Cuba High School denied Liberty Thompson her religious freedom when they moved graduation from Friday to Saturday, her religion’s Sabbath day. Thompson is a devout Seventh Day Adventist.
Independent: Celestina Mba will argue this week at the Court of Appeal that bosses must ‘reasonably accommodate’ employees’ religious beliefs
Religion Clause Blog covers three recent religious accomodation cases involving work on the Sabbath and employee clothing.
Religion Clause Blog: In Webster v. Dolgencorp, LLC, (D NJ, Aug. 22, 2013), a New Jersey federal district court permitted a Seventh Day Adventist who sued complaining that his Dollar General Store employer refused to accommodate his refusal to work on Saturdays to proceed on his claims for breach of contract and breach of implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing.
Religion Clause Blog: The EEOC announced Tuesday the settlement of a lawsuit it had filed against a Nags Head, North Carolina hotel charging that the Comfort Inn’s new management refused to continue a religious accommodation for a Seventh Day Adventist . . .
Religion Clause Blog: The EEOC announced last week the filing in June of a lawsuit against United Cellular, Inc. in an Alabama federal district court alleging refusal to accommodate a Seventh Day Adventist’s need to observe his Sabbath.
Religion Clause Blog: Israel’s Supreme Court yesterday ruled that the municipality of Tel Aviv must enforce the Saturday Sabbath closing laws against two supermarket chains.
Religion Clause Blog: In Antoine v. First Student Inc., (5th Cir., April 10, 2013), the U,S, 5th Circuit Court of Appeals held that disputed issues of fact require that a Title VII religious accommodation claim brought by a Seventh Day Adventist be remanded for trial to the Louisiana federal district court.
Religion Clause Blog: In EEOC v. Rent-A-Center, Inc., (D DC, Jan. 18, 2013), the D.C. federal district court dismissed an EEOC lawsuit against a rent-to-own business finding that accommodating the religious beliefs of store manager Ferdinand Charles would impose an undue hardship on the company.
Intolerance and Discrimination Against Christians in Europe: A new ruling by a High Court judge says that Christians have no right to decline working on Sunday as it is not a “core component” of their beliefs, considering that „many Christians work on Sundays”.
Religion Clause Blog: Before accepting the job, Bewley, a Christian, had told the company that he needed to attend church at least every other Sunday. Subsequently however the company insisted that he work on consecutive Sundays. Under the consent decree, Magnetics will pay $30,000 in damages . . .
UK: Relaxation of Sunday trading will upset churchgoers, family campaigners and a good number of Tory MPs
Conservative Home Tory Diary: When the Government first flirted with the idea of relaxing Sunday trading laws my colleague Paul Goodman was very unimpressed. Is this the most anti-Christian government in British history?, he asked. But it’s not just churchgoers who don’t like the idea. By 52% to 36% most Britons oppose further deregulation of Sunday opening.
Christian Institute: The Government is to consider making extended Olympic Sunday trading hours permanent, but critics are concerned about the impact on families.
Religion Clause Blog: In Crider v. University of Tennessee, Knoxville, (6th Cir., July 23, 2012), a Seventh Day Adventist was fired from her position as one of the coordinators of the University of Tennessee’s Programs Abroad when she refused to perform work-related tasks from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday.a
Christian Concern: The government has lifted Sunday trading laws for the duration of the Olympics in an attempt to boost the economy, the BBC has reported.
In Jacobs v. Scotland Manufacturing, Inc., (MD NC, June 21, 2012) . . . He could use vacation time in lieu of working on Sundays. Plaintiff, however, contended that this arrangement also violates his religious beliefs. The court refused to grant summary judgment . . .
Christian Concern: Following the late intervention of the Christian Legal Centre, an employee of a major London tourist attraction is able to continue in his job, as his employer has now agreed to let him take Sundays off so that he can worship at church.
Religion Clause: Plaintiff alleged that he informed his employer about his obligations to his church on Saturdays and Sundays, but that he was continuously scheduled him for Saturday shifts.
Pacific Justice Institute: A Ventura County woman has filed suit against retail giant Macy’s, alleging that she was fired on account of her religious commitment to observing Sunday as the Sabbath, and refraining from work on that day.
Religion Clause Blog: In Kenya, Seventh Day Adventist students at Masinde Muliro University say that the school’s scheduling of exams on Saturdays violates their freedom of conscience and religion as protected by Kenya’s new constitution.
Religion Clause Blog: In Harrell v. Donahue, (8th Cir., March 31, 2011), the 8th Circuit held that the U.S. Postal Service was not required to accommodate a Seventh Day Adventist letter carrier’s request to have every Saturday off.
Religion Clause Blog: In Crider v. University of Tennessee, Knoxville, (ED TN, March 28, 2011), a Tennessee federal district court dismissed a case brought by a Seventh Day Adventist who claimed that the University of Tennessee failed to accommodate her religious beliefs that precluded her from performing any work from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday.
Religion Clause Blog: “In Neustadter v. Holy Cross Hospital of Silver Spring, Inc., (MD Ct. App., Feb. 24, 2011), Maryland’s Court of Appeals– the state’s highest court– held that a trial court abused its discretion when it refused to suspend a civil medical malpractice trial for two days when plaintiff and his attorney could not attend because of religious obligations imposed by the Jewish holiday of Shavuot.”
Religion Clause Blog: “In Morgan v. City and County of Denver, 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 11918 (D CO, Feb. 7, 2011), a Colorado federal district court approved a magistrate’s recommendations (2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 141090, Dec. 29, 2010) and dismissed a Title VII religious discrimination claim brought by a Seventh Day Adventist against the Denver Police Department Records Bureau. Plaintiff was terminated for refusing to work on Saturdays.”
Religion Clause Blog: “However, according to today’s Nigerian Compass, the Seventh Day Adventist Church is threatening to sue if the date is not moved to a week day since the Saturday timing will disenfranchise its members”
Quad City Times: “A Rock Island woman claims in a lawsuit that she was discriminated against by her former employer, Milan’s Welcome Inn, in Milan, Ill., because she refused to work on Sundays.”
New York Post: “The rabbi claims the ‘rotten cop’ forced him to write his name on a piece of paper — a violation of the Jewish Sabbath — or face arrest, since he wasn’t carrying identification when they stopped him for improperly crossing Kings Highway and E. 15th Street at 5:40 p.m.”
Trading Markets: “An Ohio man filed a federal lawsuit yesterday against Home Depot, claiming the company discriminated against him because his religious beliefs don’t allow him to work on Sundays.”
Christian Post: “Religious figures are urging government officials to continue longstanding bans on the Sunday sale of alcohol in stores and restaurants while industry advocates say Bible-belt bans are ‘archaic.’”
WRAL: “The EEOC had charged that T.A. Loving Co. discriminated against three men by firing them for refusing to work on Saturdays, which is their Sabbath as members of the Seventh-Day Adventist faith.”
Associated Press: “A federal agency is suing a North Carolina educational testing company after a worker said she was fired after saying she couldn’t work on Saturdays because of religious beliefs.”
Religion Clause: “New York’s General Business Law, Sec. 11, prohibits service of process in civil cases on Sundays. However in Carbon Capital Management, LLC v American Express Co., (Sup. Ct. NY Nassau, July 29, 2010), a New York trial court upheld the validity of service on Sunday on the concierge in defendant’s apartment builiding.”
Adventist News Network: “Seventh-day Adventist religious liberty proponents are monitoring a proposal from a European Parliament member who wants businesses in Europe to close their doors on Sundays. Parliament member Martin Kastler of Germany is urging for the passage of continent-wide laws similar to those of his home country, which encourage employees to take a day off work to be with their families, the New York Times reported . . . While many Adventists in Europe now live and worship in countries with similar laws, the church has traditionally opposed such laws, citing possible religious discrimination.”
Religion Clause Blog: “In Waltzer v. Triumph Apparel Corp., (SD NY, Feb. 18, 2010), a New York federal district court rejected claims under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and under the New York City Human Rights Law by a former employee of an apparel manufacturer who wanted to leave work early on Friday afternoons to accommodate her observance of the Jewish Sabbath . . . ”
Minnesota Public Radio: “A federal judge has approved a settlement in a discrimination lawsuit involving Mesaba Airlines. U.S. District Judge Donovan Frank ruled Tuesday that $130,000 can be distributed to five people the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said were victims of discrimination. The lawsuit, which was filed in September 2008, claimed that Mesaba violated the Civil Rights Act when the company terminated customer service agent Laura Vallejos because she refused to work on the Jewish Sabbath.”