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    Using the Library or other Web resources, identify and describe a case in which an employer's activities were restricted due to religious rights of employees. Be sure to explain how the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's criteria for religious discrimination applies to the case.

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    Title VII, Section 703 of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 classified employment practice as unlawful when an applicant is refused to hire discharge or discriminate because of religion (subsection 1), limit, segregate because of religion (subsection 2), refuse or discriminate because of religion (section b).
    Source: http://www.archives.gov/education/lessons/civil-rights-act/

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) defines religious discrimination as "treating a person (an applicant or employee) unfavorably because of his or her religious beliefs. The law protects not only people who belong to traditional, organized religions, such as Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism, but also others who have sincerely held religious, ethical or moral beliefs" (U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Website. Religious Discrimination. http://www.eeoc.gov/laws/types/religion.cfm).


    Kenneth E. SUTTON, Jr., Plaintiff-Appellant, v. PROVIDENCE ST. JOSEPH MEDICAL CENTER, a California non-profit corporation, Defendant-Appellee.
    99-55050. No.
    Argued and Submitted Aug. 11, 1999 -- September 16, 1999
    Source: http://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-9th-circuit/1367272.html

    Defendant, the Providence St. Joseph Medical Center, refused to hire plaintiff Kenneth E. Sutton, Jr., after he failed to provide a social security number as required by federal law. Plaintiff brought this action alleging that Defendant thereby violated Title VII of the 1964 2000e et seq.;   Civil Rights Act, as amended (Title VII), 42 U.S.C. § 2000bb et the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), 42 U.S.C. § seq.;   the free speech guarantee of the First Amendment;  the Privacy 552a;  and the Paperwork Reduction Act, 44 U.S.C. Act, 5 U.S.C. § The district  Plaintiff also brought various state claims.  3512. ...

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    This solution looks deeply at the religious rights granted to all employees. Statutes on religious rights and actual cases are presented to give insights on how this right is applied in the workplace.