Religious Discrimination and Accommodation in the Wake of EEOC v. Abercrombie

Production Date: September 08, 2015 Practice Areas: Constitutional Law, Labor & Employment Law, and Public Interest Law Estimated Length: 3652 minutes


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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.


Learning Objectives:

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

Richard Eric K.
Latham, NY

Good presentation

Patricia K.
Stroudsburg, PA

good case examples

Ryan N.
Emmett, ID

Difficult area. Great job!

Robert V.
Williston Park, NY

Good course

Jill S.
Pittsford, NY

Narrow focus, but very good. Important issue.

Corey E.
Renton, WA

Thank you

Kristine C.
Dubuque, IA

Excellent presentation and excellent interplay between instructors.

Euticha H.
Gloucester Point, VA

Excellent course -- excellent presenters -- thank you!

Gregory D.
Moscow, ID

This was a very thorough and informative course. I'm an in-house counsel dealing closely with HR, so this will have an immediate impact on my job. Thanks!

George S E.
Rockville Centre, NY

Very interesting topic. I liked this a lot.

Joy M.
Suffern, NY

I found it extremely informative.

Sandra K.
New York, NY

Intelligent presentation of a sensitive and complex subject. Bravo!

Donald S.
San Angelo, TX

Highly recommend. Very well done and informative on a timely topic.

Christyann P.
Springfield, VA

nice case analysis

Robert S.
Anaheim, LB

explained well pitfalls in an ever evolving area of law

Michael M.
Warrenton, VA

Instructors offered a sound basis for evaluating when and how to respond to possible Title VII claims.

Corunna, MI

Would like to learn more about this subjectl Although it was classified as beginner, It was very informative. I'm just interested in more.

Memphis, TN


Perry L.
Philadelphia, PA

Good presentation

Jonathan S.
Manhattan, NY

Excellent 1 - 2 Punch.

Blair P.
Las Vegas, NV

Great topic, and great coverage.

Rachel P.
Charlotte, VT


Jamilee K.
Ashburn, VA

I found this course to be very interesting.

Jordan F.
Henderson, NV

Good review of an evolving issue. Very interesting.

Daniel B.
Paramus, NJ

Very good presentation.

Darlene D.
Stamford, CT

This a Very timely course, tough issues presented well.

Barbara N.
Los Angeles, CA

Efficient covering of a lot of material. Held my attention. Was comprehensive.

Max S.
Sioux Falls, SD

Excellent presentation on an interesting and fluid topic. I liked having two presenters.

Kieran M.
Sag Harbor, NY

ver organized in their presentation.

Thomas F.
Peconic, NY

very well done faculity perfect for the block

Edward R.
Mokena, IL

The practice pointers given were excellent.

Scott T.
San Francisco, CA

a very good & informative presentation

Diane E.
Justice, IL

excellent review and interpretations

Retha M.
Columbus, GA

Thoughtful analysis and presentation.

Jennifer B.
West Orange, NJ

Extremely interesting!!

Ruth G.
Atlanta, GA

Well done.

Tecia P.
Smithville, TN

Very well presented and interesting

Rebecca F.
Houston, TX

Good program. Very interesting discussion. Appreciated the discussion of potential practical implications of the case.

Cynthia M.
Knoxville, TN

Great discussion, thanks!

Matthew M.
Denver, CO

The presenters were very knowledgeable.

Dorrie W.
Modesto, CA

I think this is an important emerging area of employment law, and all their comments were enlightening.

Lori F.
Woburn, MA

I enjoyed the discussion on the cases. Good practical advice.

patrick g.
Garden City, NY

Excellent presentation. Good high quality take away points.

Somers, NY

I am a fan of the dual panelist format; much more engaging than a one practitioner presentation.

Maria H.
Coral Gables, FL

It was very good. I liked this format.

Gino S.
Cleveland, OH

Good program on a difficult subject

Melissa S.
Ridgewood, NJ

The faculty had great dialogue amoungst themselves and were very informative. Great program!

Lyle B.
Las Vegas, NV

Good discussion

Wayne L.
Drexel Hill, PA

Very informative.

Mark E.
Corpus Christi, TX

Great topic. Great presentation.

Karen P.
Pittsburgh, PA

Very interesting topic and the presenters were great!

Julie A.
Dix Hills, NY

Excellent course.

Adam F.
Miami Beach, FL

Good presentation

Gainesville, FL

Great topic

Jacob C.
Chicago, IL

This was an exceptional course.

Michelle G.
Croton-on-Hudson, NY

This is my favorite CLE program! Even my spouse was riveted. We kept pausing and reading the slides and going back and listening again. Really an excellent one!

Shannon B.
Denver, CO

The two person, conversation based presentation was very effective and engaging.

Erek L.
Woodbridge, VA

Appreciated the dialogue

Andrew W.
Arlington, VA

Excellent presentation. To speaker format where they can play off one another is much more interesting the a single speaker.

Ellen J.
Raleigh, NC

These guys are entertaining and have a good chemistry with each other.

George K.
Alexandria, VA

Good course

charles l.
Fincastle, VA

Outstanding presentation format...conversational tone and interplay between presenters pulled off extremely well.

Lee H.
Arlinghton heights, IL

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!!

David H.
New York, NY

I found this course to be informative.

Richard M.
Cumming, GA

Useful information.

Mary H.
Arlington, VA

Great team presenters. Interesting course.

Kenneth S.
Sacramento, CA

Very well done!

Julie C.
Palm Beach Gardens, FL

I really enjoyed this and the presenters were excellent.

Charles S.
Rochester, NH

Wow. Will recommend that my employment AGC develops new training for HR as well as other interviewers. Thanks.

Heather B.
Chicago, IL

Excellent presentation. Thanks.

James B.
Houston, TX

Excellent presentation.

William G.
New Canaan, CT

This is an outstanding discussion of religious discrimination and workplace accommodation.

Andrew S.
Schaumburg, IL

very interesting area of law

John G.
Chicago, IL

Very informative and worthwhile

Andrew B.
Knoxville, TN

Very informative would recommend.

Ana M. M.
New York, NY

Very informative

Rhonda H.
Hillsdale, NJ

The presenters were very knowlegeable and presented the material in a very clear and logical way.

Lindsay M.
Melville, NY

Excellent presentation. Informative and the conversational presentation style was very engaging.

Louis D.
Phoenix, AZ

Very practical. Excellent discussion.

Robert H.
Boynton Beach, FL

Excellent presentation. Dual format a big plus.

Constance H.
Penfield, NY

Both presenters were very knowledgeable and they complemented each other, making the learning experience very interesting.

elizabeth c.
new york, NY

Best Lawline online CLE of year I've seen. Excellent!

Patrick G.
Cheektowaga, NY

Important course for recent trends in immigration by diverse religious groups.

William D.
Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ

These were interesting presenters.

Brandy C.
Orlando, FL

excellent presentation and subject matter

Susan M. B.
Massapequa, NY

Extremely enjoyable and informative. Speakers worked very well together.

connie b.
Pleasantville, NY

Wish they had had more time - very interesting.

Herbert Z.
Dallas, TX

Very interesting discussion about a topic out of my area of experience, but in which I have been interested.

Michael R.
Cortlandt Manor, NY


Sharon A.
Mandeville, LA

Informative course for employers

Jeffrey N.
Gladewater, TX

Fascinating interaction between the presenters. Tough subject in flux.

Judith M.
Sag Harbor, NY

Loved this format!!! Wish there were more courses with a similar format.

Benjamin S.
Santa Clara, CA

Very good discussion about Abercrombie and accommodation

Mo T.
Houston, TX

Excellent presentation, combining practical HR advice with case law analysis on a difficult subject.

Donald D.
Kalispell, MT

One of the better ones

Matthew R.
New York, NY

This was fascinating and informative on this confusing area -- clearly explained.

Diane B.

Very practical advice. Good hour.

Jeremiah F.
Santa Cruz, CA

Nice job of keeping perspective and trying to give us something of value.

Amanda G.
Sacramento, CA

Very interesting and informative!

Gbolahan E.
Baltimore, MD

Very good

Richard C.
New York, NY

a very nice presentation!

Ryan D.
Sherman Oaks, CA

Thank you.

derryl c.
yucaipa, CA

needed more time. very interesting subject

Susan B.
San Diego, CA

They are both great speakers and interesting. They must be really good in Court. Thank you for this class.

Paul B.
Radnor, PA

I knew nothing about the Abercrombie case going in. The course was well presented. I really enjoyed the dialogue format.

Sandra B.
San Francisco, CA


Jill S.

Very good.

Hazel D.
Los Angeles, CA

Very informativee

Tamela B.
Sacramento, CA

Great presentation.

Patt G.
Roanoke, TX

Excellent team work on the subject matter

John A.
Woodland Hills, CA

Fantastic presentation. Entertaining structure. The presenters came off like a play-by-play guy and a color commentator.

Deanna M.
Woodbury, NY

My favorite lecture so far this year, based on the speakers and the topic.

Rena S.
Monrovia, CA

Interesting discussion, well presented ...

Jeremy F.
Los Angeles, CA

great presentation on an area of the law that is murky

Suzanne B.
Tucson, AZ

Fascinating info relative to the encumbrances employers or even would be employers face in this era.

Jean B.
New York City, NY

Fascinating presentation with good practice tips.

Jeffrey G.
Cliffside Park, NJ

Great format with two presenters, give and take

Thomas B.
Rochester, NY

A very good approach using case law "stories" and discussion to illustrate changing Title VII law.

Cathy B.
Seattle, WA

Very informative

Kirl F.
Parlin, NJ


Henry F.
Columbia, MD

Very knowledgeable

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Scarsdale, NY


Bill H.
Tyler, TX

very insightful

John C.

Excellent course; extremely knowledgeable and effective speakers.

Emma T.
Nashville, TN

Well done. Informative.

Steven K.
Northport, NY

I enjoyed the give and take of these two speakers. The case having been in the recent news made this a much more interesting listen.

Daniel H.
Bedford, NY

Good introduction to the topic.

Michael P. B.
Colonia, NJ

Timely and concise.

Dilay W.
Houston, TX

Great course!

Benton L.
Port Washington, NY


Robert M.
New York, NY

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.

Stephen M.
Seattle, WA

I liked the "team" approach for this CLE.

Jeanne N.
Chicago, IL

This was excellent!

Madelon K.
Chicago, IL

Really informative. I also liked the format -- more of a discussion between the two panelists.

Monica W.
Atlanta, GA

Great PPT, makes a nice reference sheet