Religious accommodation claims are on the rise, and Minnesota’s increasingly diverse population presents new challenges for employers who must balance legal compliance against business efficiency. This session will examine the current legal landscape and an employer’s duty to accommodate their employees’ religious beliefs and practices. The discussion will also cover what constitutes religious discrimination and how some policies, even if applied evenhandedly, can have a disparate impact on certain religious practices. This presentation will also explore real life hypothetical scenarios, and attendees will receive practical recommendations for their workplace.
*This session has been approved for SHRM certification credit - HRCI is pending approval
Kerry L. Middleton has extensive litigation experience in federal and state courts nationwide. He has successfully represented employers in virtually every type of employment claim. He has appeared in various jurisdictions and has represented employers in administrative proceedings before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Department of Labor, and state and local human rights agencies.
Stephanie D. Sarantopoulos represents and counsels employers in all aspects of employment law, including discrimination, harassment, whistle blowing and non-competition matters. Stephanie has jury trial experience and appears in state and federal courts, as well as before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
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