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In New York State are public school teachers allowed to test

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In New York State are public school teachers allowed to test on the Jewish High Holidays
Hello and welcome,

This would not typically be prohibited by law, but if the teacher is Jewish and wishes to observe their religious beliefs, they should typically request a reasonable accommodation from the employer, such as testing on a different day.

Federal law prohibits employers from discriminating against employees based on their religion and must normally provide reasonable accommodations to permit them to observe their religious beliefs.

Here is a link that summarizes the law on this issue:

http://www.eeoc.gov/laws/types/religion.cfm

If the employer refuses to provide a reasonable accommodation, then a grievance should be filed or a complaint filed with the EEOC if it is not promptly resolved internally.

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Customer: replied 4 years ago.

I am not sure if I made myself clear. My child is Jewish. She was absent on Yom Kippur. On that day her chemistry teacher gave an exam. I was wondering if this was allowed in New York State. Thank you

I see. Thank you for the additional information, Lani.

Yes, this would typically be legal. I would request that the teacher provide your child with an opportunity to make up the test, consistent with their policy for any other student absences.


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