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Is it legal for an employer to make me a part time
employee for the single fact that I cant work the
Asked on October 18, 2018 under Employment Labor Law, Florida
SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney
Answered 4 years ago | Contributor
The issue is can the employer reasonably (without excessive cost or disruption) accommodate you as a full-time employee if you don't work the Sabbath. If they could--if they could reasonably give you other hours or shifts--then their failure to accommodate you in this regard would likely be illegal religion-based employment discrimination and you could contact the federal EEOC to file a complaint.
On the other hand if there are not enough shifts or hours available to you to be full time without you working the Sabbath (and note: they do not have to "bump" another worker from his/her shifts or hours for you) then they did nothing wrong: their only obligation is to make "reasonable" accommodations, and if there are not enough hours, there are not enough hours.
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