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EEOC Settles Failure to Accommodate Nursing Assistant’s Religious Observance Case

On June 20, 2009, the EEOC announced a $24,000 settlement of a case it brought against an Arkansas nursing home for its failure to continue to accommodate a nursing assistant’s observance of the Sabbath.  The announcement indicates that the nursing assistant, who had worked at a long-term nursing care facility for over a year, is a Seventh-Day Adventist, and her Sabbath is from sundown on Friday to sundown on Saturday evening.  The nursing assistant’s religious beliefs prohibit her from working on her Sabbath.  After accommodating the employee’s religious beliefs for over a year, the facility suddenly refused to allow the employee to take off on her Sabbath and then terminated her employment.

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