The Washington State Supreme Court ruled that the Washington Law Against Discrimination implicitly includes the requirement that employers must provide reasonable accommodations for employees' religious beliefs on the job.
For years there have been explicit statutory provisions prohibiting employer discrimination based on race, gender, ethnicity, and religion, to which have been added protections based on age and sexual orientation, as well as disability.
Today's decision clarified that employers must reasonably accommodate an employee's religious beliefs and practices provided that to do so does not place an "undue burden" on the employer.
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