State Supreme Court
Supreme Court Decision on Religious Freedom: Lefty Advocates Say They're "Pleased"
As the Washington state Supreme Court rules that employers are obligated to accommodate employees' religious practices, the reproductive rights group Legal Voice says they support the decision.
The Washington state supreme court has ruled that employers are required to adjust their policies for employees' religious practices, in response to a lawsuit by food-service employees near SeaTac Airport who complained that they were forced (under security-based company policies that don't allow them to leave their workplace for lunch) to eat foods such as pork that contradict their religious beliefs, the Seattle Times reports.
According to the ruling, the supposed "vegetarian" meal options included animal byproducts and the "turkey" meatballs actually included both beef and pork.
"The Court recognized that while there is a duty to accommodate, it has limits – and the right to religious accommodation does NOT mean a license to discriminate – for example, to harass others or deny services based on a customer’s race, gender, or sexual orientation.
"So a pharmacist who does not want to dispense emergency contraception now has the right under state law – as well as federal law – to request an accommodation. But an employer is not obligated to grant the accommodation if it can show doing so would create an undue hardship."
We also have a call out to the ACLU to get their reaction to the Supreme Court ruling.