The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently posted updated and expanded technical assistance related to the COVID-19 pandemic, addressing questions about religious objections to employer COVID-19 vaccine requirements and how they interact with federal equal employment (EEO) laws.
The expanded technical assistance provides new information about how Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 applies when an applicant or employee requests an exception from an employer’s COVID-19 vaccination requirement that conflicts with their sincerely held religious beliefs, practices, or observances. Title VII prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, and national origin.
The update provides employers, employees, and applicants with important assistance when navigating vaccine-related religious accommodation requests.
The updates to the technical assistance include:
This technical assistance answers COVID-19 questions only from the perspective of the EEOC laws. Other federal, state, and local laws may come into play regarding the pandemic for employers, employees, and applicants.
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