On Friday, the Supreme Court agreed to hear the employment discrimination claim of an evangelical Christian mail carrier in a case that could force employers to do more to accommodate their workers’ religious practices.
The judges will hear an appeal by Gerald Groff, who says the US Postal Service may have granted his request that he not have Sunday shifts because of his religious belief that it is a day of worship and rest.
Groff has asked the court to make it easier for employees to file religious claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination in the workplace in a variety of ways, including on the basis of religion.
Groff worked as a mail carrier in the Lancaster, Pennsylvania, area from 2012 to 2019, when he resigned. As a non-career employee, his job was to fill in when other workers were not available, including weekends and holidays.
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