Bowie, MD asked in Employment Discrimination for Maryland

Q: What is a company allowed to ask when an employee requests a religious accommodation?

I have requested a religious accommodation, I have provided my religion and my place of worship but they are asking me to provide the leaders name and email and I feel this is way too personal. Are they allowed to ask this?

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1 Lawyer Answer
Joseph D. Allen
Joseph D. Allen
  • Employment Law Lawyer
  • Hunt Valley, MD
  • Licensed in Maryland

A: The employer needs to have an objective basis to doubt the sincerity of your religious beliefs. But if they do, they can ask for more information. How much information they can ask for is not a bright line- but them asking for contact info is definitely approaching that line, if not crossing it. Keep in mind also that they do not have to accommodate the request if it poses an undue burden to the employer.

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