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As part of a broad federal attack on discrimination in the workplace, Congress outlawed religious discrimination in employment in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In Ansonia Board of Education v. Philbrook (1986), the Supreme Court clarified an employer's obligation to make reasonable accommodations for employees who request leave to observe their religious holidays. In light of religious diversity in the education workforce, Ansonia assists schools in establishing lawful and effective administrative practices while attempting to provide reasonable and affordable leave benefits.

Facts of the Case

Ansonia involved a high school business teacher from Connecticut who found his religious beliefs in conflict with his school board's leave policy after he joined the Worldwide Church of God. Ronald Philbrook generally missed six school days annually ...

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