EEOC Clarifies Religious Exemptions to Covid-19 Vaccine MandatesOn October 27, 2021 by Schnader in Labor and Employment
Michael J. Wietrzychowski, Karen Baillie and Lisa M. Brauner published a client alert, “EEOC Clarifies Religious Exemptions to Covid-19 Vaccine Mandates.”
On October 25, 2021, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) revised its ongoing Covid-19 technical guidance to clarify how employers should address issues involving requests for religious accommodations related to Covid-19 vaccine mandates.
Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, qualifying employers must reasonably accommodate an employee or applicant who requests to be exempted from a company rule or policy that conflicts with their sincerely held religious beliefs, practices, or observances – provided that the request does not pose an undue burden to the employer.