Brooks Pierce partner Nicole Crawford was recently quoted in a Fleet Owner magazine article about religious liberty issues associated with labor and employment law. The article, titled "When your drivers refuse to haul cargo based on religious grounds: Do's and Don'ts," focuses on a recent federal court case involving two Muslim truck drivers who were fired after refusing to haul alcohol.
Crawford discusses the need for companies to take all religious accommodation requests seriously and be familiar with related laws.
"I would never discount someone's request for a religious accommodation out of hand, especially if you're a big company and you can swap easily...Once you hear someone asking for an accommodation, I want [an alarm] to go off in your head. Call HR or whoever your boss is and you say 'I just got this request.' You don't have to say 'yes' or 'no' to the employee at the moment. You say, 'Let me get back to you on that.' Work it through the proper channels so that you don't get surprised by an EEOC charge in the mail two weeks later."
Read the full article here.