Denial of Request for Religious Accommodation Not Grounds For Retaliation Claim Under Title VII

The United States Court of Appeals for the Eight Circuit, in a case of first impression, ruled that there is no basis for a Title VII retaliation claims based on an employer’s denial of an employee’s request for a religious accommodation. In so holding, the Eighth Circuit found the appropriate challenge under Title VII to such a denial would be by filing a disparate treatment claim. North Memorial Health Care denied a request for a scheduling accommodation by Emily Sure-Ondara due to her religious beliefs as a Seventh Day Adventist. The hospital then rescinded its employment offer. Sure-Ondara filed a discrimination claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission who brought suit on her behalf. Find out more about the case and how this ruling could affect other employers.