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It’s Against My Religion: Religious Accommodations in the Workplace

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Produced on June 11, 2020

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Course Information

Time 66 minutes
Difficulty Advanced

Course Description

This program, taught by Valerie Ferrier, Partner, head of the Labor & Employment Practice Group at Martin Clearwater & Bell, LLP, provides an overview of federal law and representative cases discussing employers’ obligations when an employee’s religious belief or practice conflicts with a workplace rule or business necessity. 

The course provides examples and practical advice on how to recognize an employee’s possible need for an accommodation, what constitutes a “reasonable accommodation”, and how to respond in a way that keeps the employer on the right side of the law. Attorneys can expect to learn how to advise clients who are presented with a potential conflict, from both a legal and a practical standpoint.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Review the federal legislation underlying religious accommodation claims 
  2. Analyze recent cases applying religious accommodation standards
  3. Identify some examples of reasonable accommodations for religious exercise
  4. Advise clients on their responsibilities under the law 

Credit Information

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Valerie K. Ferrier

Martin Clearwater & Bell LLP

Ms. Ferrier has experience defending discrimination claims, including Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the First and Fourteenth Amendments, and the New York State and City Human Rights Laws. 

Ms. Ferrier is an experienced trial attorney, offering advice and counseling to clients to mitigate and manage risk regarding compliance issues, in addition to providing handbook and policy updates, and management and employee training. Her practice includes the defense of wage and hour and misclassification claims, both single-plaintiff and class and collective actions, under the Fair Labor Standards Act and the New York Labor Law.

Ms. Ferrier earned her J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law in 2007 and her B.A. from Simon’s Rock College of Bard. She is admitted to practice in New York, Virginia, and New York federal courts.


Evan S.

interesting topic

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Anne W.

Even though I don't practice employment law, I benefitted from this excellent, informative CLE.

Craig M.

Very good presentation.

Susan B.

Excellent instructor

elizabeth c.

She was VERY competent. Really knew her stuff!

Maria L.

Great presenter; excellent presentation. Thanks!

David P.


Antoine M.

Enjoyed presentation, very interesting case law fact scenarios.

Andrew R.

Very good presentation balancing depth and breadth of the issues and identifying best practices.

Lisa L.

Presenter was articulate and prepared.

Sarah S.

Excellent case examples. Presenter very knowledgable.

James S.

very interesting examples.

Cary K.

Very interesting presentation

Kirstin M.

Very informative and well presented

Julie S.

Excellent. Great examples provided. Nice graphics on slides

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