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ADF to US Supreme Court: Uphold religious accommodations for employees

Tuesday, Feb 28, 2023

The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel and Vice President of Appellate Advocacy John Bursch regarding a friend-of-the-court brief ADF attorneys filed with the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday in Groff v. DeJoy, a case that could ensure religious employees of all faiths are provided with meaningful religious accommodations in the workplace as required by federal law:

“Federal law protects employees’ ability to live and work according to their religious beliefs. Employers must provide reasonable accommodations for employees’ religious practice unless doing so imposes undue hardships on their operations. But for too long that duty has been erased by a misguided court ruling. We urge the Supreme Court to overrule Trans World Airlines v. Hardison and affirm that Title VII protects all Americans’ right to live and work in a manner consistent with their faith.”

ADF attorneys filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the Supreme Court in September 2022 urging the court to take this case, which it decided to do. Both briefs were filed on behalf of John Kluge, a former Indiana music teacher who, in a separate case of his own, is challenging a public school’s decision to revoke his Title VII accommodation based on ideological complaints, which then forced Kluge to resign.

Alliance Defending Freedom is an alliance-building, non-profit legal organization committed to protecting religious freedom, free speech, parental rights, and the sanctity of life.

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