Employment Law Case Studies

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Employment Law 1. Human resource dilemma number three regarding Hillsdale bank represents a classic example of religious discrimination. According to the official website of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), religious discrimination involves treating someone unfairly as a result of their religious practices (eeoc.gov/laws). In this example, however, there is a clear religious intolerance present, as clearly Hillsdale bank had no problem representing both Christianity and Judaism by the Christmas tree and menorah respectively. For the bank manager to refuse to display represents obvious discrimination as this behavior is prohibited under EEOC law and is actually a typical form of discrimination that the law prohibits: "denying a requested reasonable accommodation of an applicant's or employee's sincerely held religious beliefs or practices or lack thereof if an accommodation will not impose more than a de minimis cost or burden on business operations" (eeoc.gov/policy, 2011). 2. The scenario with Prestige Motors represents another incidence of religious discrimination. For Muslim employees to be denied the practice of a major aspect of their sincerely believed religious faith is again a disruption the foundations of religious freedom as it can be expressed in the workplace. This is again unacceptable and a typical form of discrimination that the EEOC warns against: "denying a requested reasonable accommodation of an applicant's or employee's sincerely
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