Corvallis, OR asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Oregon

Q: Employer has religious beliefs question

If an employer has religious beliefs, can they force their employees not to work on Sundays. They said that if an employee works on Sundays they won't pay them for that day. Is this legal?

1 Lawyer Answer
Mr. Michael O. Stevens
Mr. Michael O. Stevens
  • Employment Law Lawyer
  • Hillsboro, OR
  • Licensed in Oregon

A: An employer can say not to work on a particular day, and if you then work on that particular day they usually do not have pay you for it as it is unauthorized. Otherwise an employee could just work whenever they wanted.

Plus, if the person worked on that day, that would also be insubordination and they could be disciplined or fired, and might even be enough to get unemployment benefits denied.

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