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I have a few question about my rights regarding Religion At work place

Lawyer's Assistant: Because employment law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?

New Jersey

Lawyer's Assistant: Is the employment agreement "at will," union, full time or part time?

Full time

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Submitted: 7 months ago.Category: Employment Law
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Employment Lawyer: Roy Hadavi,
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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
Hello I work in New Jersey in a hospital recently I've been having an issue with my employer I want Wednesday and sundays off and I'm willing to work other day
Employment Lawyer: Roy Hadavi,
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You mentioned religion in the workplace. How is that relevant?

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
I want days off so I can go to church and Wednesday I have a bible study late that starts at 6:30pm
Customer reply replied 7 months ago
Are you there?
Employment Lawyer: Roy Hadavi,
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Yes, typing a response now.

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Employment Lawyer: Roy Hadavi,
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Answer: Your employer is legally required to accommodate your religious worship requirements. While that makes it clear that your employer is legally required to permit you not to work on Sundays, it is less clear for the Wednesday. Since the Wednesday request is not for a religious observance that must occur on Wednesdays, it is not as black and white whether your employer must give you the day off. It is best to work with your employer regarding the Wednesdays and specifically request the Sundays off.

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
Ok but I made an agreement to work 7on and 7 off when I first offered the job (roughly 3years ago) is that gonna affect me?
Employment Lawyer: Roy Hadavi,
 replied 7 months ago

I am not sure what you mean. Can you please clarify?

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
Do they have the right to say I already agreed to work? Even thought things has changed for me
Customer reply replied 7 months ago
Meaning in my personal life
Employment Lawyer: Roy Hadavi,
 replied 7 months ago

No, they do not. You have the right to alter your religious beliefs and your employer does not have the right to question those beliefs.

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
Ok what about Wednesday I'm always working evenings if I were to suggest to make an agreement with someone who works during the day and tell them why is that something I can ask or is there any law
Employment Lawyer: Roy Hadavi,
 replied 7 months ago

The Wednesday they do not have an obligation to accommodate, because you could do Bible study any day of the week (even if the class on Wednesday is your preferred class). However, if you can find someone to work Wednesday nights and switch with them, your employer would be in violation of the law if they prevented you from doing so, without a business reason for the refusal.

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
Ok thank you! One last clarification before I close the chat When I first got this job I agreed to work every other weekend does that matter would they pull out paper works and shut me off
Customer reply replied 7 months ago
I was hired 3 years ago it's not like I agreed 3 weeks ago and now I'm saying I can't
Employment Lawyer: Roy Hadavi,
 replied 7 months ago

No, because you are legally allowed to change your religious beliefs.

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
Cool thank you so much for your help.
Employment Lawyer: Roy Hadavi,
 replied 7 months ago

You are very welcome.

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
If they allow me I won't have 40 hours is that something I can ask or offer to work some other day so I'm not losing my hours?
Employment Lawyer: Roy Hadavi,
 replied 7 months ago

Yes, you may.

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
I still have a few more questions
Customer reply replied 7 months ago
Are you there please
Employment Lawyer: Roy Hadavi,
 replied 7 months ago

Yes, please ask.

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
Ok would you be able to provide me a link to print my legal right regarding the issue we talked about so that I can submit along with my personal note that I will be righting about please
Employment Lawyer: Roy Hadavi,
 replied 7 months ago

I would recommend just discussing it with the Human Resources department in person. Also, avoid stating the legal rights and instead just let them know it is for religious reasons. You do not want the conversation to come off as forcing it down their throat, but instead as an accommodation.

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
Ok would you be able to provide me a link to print my legal right regarding the issue we talked about so that I can submit along with my personal note that I will be writing about please
Employment Lawyer: Roy Hadavi,
 replied 7 months ago

Here you go: https://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/publications/fs-religion.cfm

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
Hello
Employment Lawyer: Roy Hadavi,
 replied 7 months ago

Hi. Did you see the link I sent above?

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
Can't really gotten what I'm looking for here
Customer reply replied 7 months ago
My questions hasn't been answer are you still there?
Employment Lawyer: Roy Hadavi,
 replied 7 months ago

Yes, I am here. Did you see the link I provided?

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