On June 1, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court held that an employer may be liable for religious discrimination in refusing to hire an applicant or accommodate her religious beliefs, even if the employer lacks actual knowledge of the potential conflict between the applicant’s religious observance and the employer’s neutral workplace policies. In Abercrombie, the Supreme Court concluded that Samantha Elauf, a practicing Muslim who appeared for her interview in a hijab, had stated a claim for religious discrimination against Abercrombie & Fitch even though Elauf never mentioned her religion or requested an accommodation during her interview.
Although the Supreme Court’s decision underscores the need for employers to be more aware of the potential need to accommodate workers’ religious observances, the Court provided little guidance to employers as to when and how to engage applicants or employees who may need religious accommodations. This program explores the EEOC’s position regarding religious discrimination and accommodation and the effect of the Supreme Court’s decision on employers’ hiring practices. George C. Whipple III and Nathaniel M. Glasser, experienced practitioners of EEO law and members of Epstein Becker Green, identify and provide strategic insights for employers to comply with the recent Abercrombie decision and avoid religious discrimination claims.
I. Review the EEOC’s position regarding religious discrimination and accommodation
II. Understand the EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, Inc. decision and rationale
III. Explore the impact of the Abercrombie decision on workplace policies, particularly recruitment and hiring
IV. Identify strategies that allow legal compliance while meeting business objectives
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GEORGE CARROLL WHIPPLE, III, is a Member of the Firm in the Employment, Labor, and Workforce Management practice, in the New York office of Epstein Becker Green.
Prior to joining Epstein Becker Green, Mr. Whipple was a Managing Director and Chairman of the Global Human Resources, Executive Compensation, and Employment Law Practice Group of a global financial services company. Mr. Whipple started his career at a large U.S. law firm, where he litigated employment cases for an American multinational technology and consulting corporation and tried the In re Birmingham Reverse Discrimination Employment Litigation. He later became the head of the employment law group at a U.S. investment bank.
Mr. Whipple received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia College of Columbia University in New York City, earned a Juris Doctor degree from Columbia Law School, and attended Columbia University's Graduate School of Business.
Columbia University School of Law (J.D.)
Columbia University (B.A.)
Supreme Court of the United States
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
New York State Bar Association
NATHANIEL M. GLASSER is a Member of the Firm in the Employment, Labor & Workforce Management practice, in the Washington, DC, office of Epstein Becker Green. His practice focuses on the representation of employers in employee relations and human resources compliance, as well as litigating claims of harassment, discrimination, whistleblowing, and wage-hour violations.
Mr. Glasser’s experience includes:
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explained well pitfalls in an ever evolving area of law
Instructors offered a sound basis for evaluating when and how to respond to possible Title VII claims.
Would like to learn more about this subjectl Although it was classified as beginner, It was very informative. I'm just interested in more.
Excellent 1 - 2 Punch.
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ver organized in their presentation.
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I am a fan of the dual panelist format; much more engaging than a one practitioner presentation.
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These guys are entertaining and have a good chemistry with each other.
Outstanding presentation format...conversational tone and interplay between presenters pulled off extremely well.
This course is excellent!! Not my area of practice, but excellent discussion of the complexities for employers to comply with the majority opinion in the EEOC v. Abercrombie when hiring!!! Difficult issues for HR when interviewing prospective employees!!
I found this course to be informative.
Great team presenters. Interesting course.
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I really enjoyed this and the presenters were excellent.
Wow. Will recommend that my employment AGC develops new training for HR as well as other interviewers. Thanks.
Excellent presentation. Thanks.
This is an outstanding discussion of religious discrimination and workplace accommodation.
very interesting area of law
Very informative and worthwhile
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The presenters were very knowlegeable and presented the material in a very clear and logical way.
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Both presenters were very knowledgeable and they complemented each other, making the learning experience very interesting.
Best Lawline online CLE of year I've seen. Excellent!
Important course for recent trends in immigration by diverse religious groups.
These were interesting presenters.
excellent presentation and subject matter
Extremely enjoyable and informative. Speakers worked very well together.
Wish they had had more time - very interesting.
Very interesting discussion about a topic out of my area of experience, but in which I have been interested.
Informative course for employers
Fascinating interaction between the presenters. Tough subject in flux.
Loved this format!!! Wish there were more courses with a similar format.
Very good discussion about Abercrombie and accommodation
Excellent presentation, combining practical HR advice with case law analysis on a difficult subject.
One of the better ones
This was fascinating and informative on this confusing area -- clearly explained.
Very practical advice. Good hour.
Nice job of keeping perspective and trying to give us something of value.
Very interesting and informative!
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needed more time. very interesting subject
They are both great speakers and interesting. They must be really good in Court. Thank you for this class.
I knew nothing about the Abercrombie case going in. The course was well presented. I really enjoyed the dialogue format.
Excellent team work on the subject matter
Fantastic presentation. Entertaining structure. The presenters came off like a play-by-play guy and a color commentator.
My favorite lecture so far this year, based on the speakers and the topic.
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Fascinating info relative to the encumbrances employers or even would be employers face in this era.
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A very good approach using case law "stories" and discussion to illustrate changing Title VII law.
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Good introduction to the topic.
Timely and concise.
Very Engaging. I liked the format of this lecture as it was much more informal than some of the others and kept me engaged throughout.
I liked the "team" approach for this CLE.
This was excellent!
Really informative. I also liked the format -- more of a discussion between the two panelists.
Great PPT, makes a nice reference sheet