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Supreme Court Seems Ready to Strengthen Protections for Religious Workers

posted on April 25, 2023

Adam Liptak of The New York Times reports, “The Supreme Court seemed poised on Tuesday to expand, though perhaps only slightly, religious workers’ protections for refusing to work on the Sabbath.” The court heard arguments in Groff v. DeJoy, a case brought under the Civil Rights Act by a former mailman who resigned from the Postal Service because his religious beliefs do not permit him to work on Sundays, as he was being asked to do. The justices searched for common ground between the parties, both of whom agreed that the current “de minimis” burden test is no longer the correct standard. Justice Gorsuch said, “I think there’s common ground, too, that de minimis can’t be the test, in isolation at least, because Congress doesn’t pass civil rights legislation to have de minimis effect, right?”

Read at The New York Times