setting policy on religious holiday leave in compliance with u s federal law

Religion permeates society and daily life and, for many, it requires special considerations in the workplace. In organizations with a diverse workforce, employees may identify themselves as Christian, Jewish, Muslim, or members of other religions. Increased religious diversity in the workplace has led to a doubling in the number of religious discrimination claims over the past decade. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of l964 prohibits employers—in matters of hiring, firing, and other terms and conditions of employment—from discriminating against individuals because of their religion.


  1. For this assignment, you are to take the role of a leader in an organization. This may be an organization with which you are affiliated (as an employee, student, or volunteer, for example); or, if you do not have an affiliation with an organization, you may select a well-known company operating in the United States. Describe the organization and familiarize yourself with it so that you can write your responses based on the organization’s policies.
  2. Prepare a policy brief that clearly defines how the organization will accommodate requests for religious holiday leave. Read this fact sheet from the EEOC in preparation for your assignment: EEOC (2010) Facts about religious discrimination. (Links to an external site.)
  3. Include the following in your policy brief:
    • Describe “religion” as defined by the EEOC and Title VII.
    • Describe the legal requirement to accommodate requests for religious holidays, and give examples of these types of requests.
    • Explain the obligations on the part of the employer and employee regarding notification of religious leave.
    • Explain how the policy will be communicated to all employees.
    • Articulate the specific policy language you wish to have approved by senior and executive leadership.
    • Offer an explanation of how employees and leaders will communicate and resolve scheduling conflicts that may arise as a result of multiple requests for leave.
    • Explain how you will communicate this policy to your employees.

Paper Requirements:

  • Your well-written paper should be 3-4 pages in length, not including the required title and references pages.
  • Include two scholarly references (not assigned for this module) that support your policy statement.
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