EEOC VOTES TO PUBLISH COMPLIANCE MANUAL ON RELIGIOUS DISCRIMINATION FOR PUBLIC COMMENT
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) voted to publish a proposed update to its Compliance Manual Section on Religious Discrimination (Manual) for public comment. The updated guidance describes in what ways Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII) protects individuals from religious discrimination in the workplace and sets forth the legal protections available to religious employers.
The current version of the Manual, last updated in 2008, does not reflect recent legal developments and emerging issues. Since 2008, several Supreme Court decisions, as well as the lower courts, have altered the legal landscape. The revisions to the guidance include important updates to the discussion of protections for employees from religious discrimination in the context of reasonable accommodations and harassment. It also expands the discussion of defenses that may be available to religious employers.