Quasi-Mozert, as to employment
VOLOKH at mail.law.ucla.edu
Tue Feb 22 21:19:26 PST 2000
Bobbie Grant applied for a sales job with Joe Myers Toyota; Joe
Myers Toyota required all applicants to go through a training course that
required people to read and at times recite quasi-religious material; Grant
claimed that both reading and reciting this material violated her
Evangelical Christian religious beliefs.
The court held that Grant stated a claim for religious accommodation
under Texas employment discrimination law, though it didn't reach the
question whether excusing her from the class was a reasonable accommodation
-- this, apparently, was left for the trial court to decide on remand.
Grant v. Joe Myers Toyota, 2000 WL 38882 (Tex. App. Jan. 20).
I assume, incidentally, that (1) this would apply whenever an
applicant has a religious objection to any class material -- whether the
material itself is religious or not -- and (2) this would also probably
apply whenever an applicant has a sufficiently deeply held secular
conscientious objection to such material, see
http://www.law.ucla.edu/faculty/volokh/relfree.htm#N_80_. Maybe this is
finally a way for at least some people to get out of those often
awful-sounding "diversity training" programs!
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