Bloomberg Law
March 18, 2019, 1:45 PM

Justices Seek Government View on Religious Accommodation at Work

Robert Iafolla
Robert Iafolla

The U.S. Supreme Court March 18 asked the Solicitor General to wade into a workplace dispute between Walgreen Co. and the Seventh-day Adventist Church in a case that could expand what employers must do to accommodate the religious practices of workers of all faiths.

The church represents Darrell Patterson, a Walgreens training instructor who was fired for failing to conduct a two-hour session on the Sabbath, which stretches from sundown on Friday to sundown on Saturday for Seventh-day Adventists.

A federal appeals court threw out Patterson’s discrimination lawsuit, saying the company made a reasonable attempt to meet his needs.

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