Rasputin and the Rake Religion
Rasputin is a member of the Rake Religion whose practice forbids using yard rakes for any other reason than worship. Three times a week, Rasputin attends religious services where a silver rake was erected on the altar. Each member would cite the religious rite as they bowed down to the rake. Recently, Rasputin's workplace, Happy Harry's Restaurant, began to require employees to go outside and rake a small patch of grass located by the trash cans. Corporate headquarters had added the grass for aesthetic purposes. Rasputin's manager told Rasputin that he would have to rake the grass each Tuesday. Rasputin refused. He contended that the restaurant had an obligation to make a reasonable accommodation to his religious beliefs and not demand that he rake the yard. Is Rasputin correct? Discuss why or why not.
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Rasputin is correct. Employers must make reasonable accommodations when it comes to employees and their religious beliefs. A reasonable accommodation, as defined by the EEOC, are accommodations made by the employer that do not ...
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