When an employee requests a religious accommodation to an employment policy, the law only requires the employer to offer a reasonable accommodation that protects the employee's religious interests. It does not require employers to provide the specific accommodation requested by the employee.
Is Amazon systemically violating the rights of Muslim workers? Three Somali women who work at an Amazon fulfillment center think so. They have filed an EEOC complaint accusing the company of creating a hostile work environment for Muslims and for retaliating when they protested.
Religion is one of several classes that are protected from workplace discrimination under federal and state laws. Here in Maryland, it is illegal for an employer to treat a worker unfairly on the basis of race, age, sex, disability, religion, national origin, family or marital status or sexual orientation. However, discrimination is often masked, which can make it difficult for an employee to prove by him- or herself that unfair treatment is taking place.
A recent workplace discrimination suit involving AT&T should be a reminder to employees in Greenbelt that they do not have to tolerate religious intolerance at work. The company has been ordered to pay more than $5 million to a Muslim woman who was harassed on the job for years.