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Man claims employment discrimination for having to work Sundays

Expressing one's religious views can often be met with mixed reactions. Still, individuals who have strong religious beliefs and implement those beliefs into their daily lives may feel that they are an important part of who they are. In some cases, parties may need to make requests for accommodations at work in relation to their religious practices, and while this may not be an issue for some, it could lead to employment discrimination for others.

Oregon readers may be interested in such a situation in another state. According to reports, a city police officer had taken on his position in 2013 with the request that he was allowed Sundays off in order to carry out his religious practices. The accommodation was allowed, but after approximately one year of work, the man left the police department for personal reasons. However, the department asked him to come back in 2017, which the man did as long as he was able to continue having Sundays off.

The man began to face issues after he was named as police chief after the previous chief's resignation. A few months after his new appointment, the man was demoted to a patrol officer by the mayor and board of aldermen. Additionally, he was scheduled to work every Sunday for a month. Because the man could not keep that schedule due to his religious practices, he resigned from his position. He has since filed a lawsuit against the city claiming religious discrimination and retaliation.

Employment discrimination can put workers in difficult positions. As this man's case indicates, some workers may have to choose between keeping their jobs or maintaining their religious practices. In efforts to address such wrongdoing, city workers in Oregon who have faced discriminatory actions may want to consider legal action of their own.

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