Airline Refused to Accommodate Buddhist Pilot’s Religious Beliefs

Blog# 7252020EEOC


EEOC Sues United Airlines for Religious Discrimination

Today’s post is about an EEOC lawsuit with United Airlines for allegedly discriminating against a Buddhist pilot on the basis of his religion. This is an accommodation issue related to failing to provide a reasonable accommodation (based on religious beliefs) that would not impose an undue hardship on the airline.

The EEOC filed suit in U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey (EEOC v. United Airlines Inc., Civil Action No. 20-cv-9110) after first attempting to reach a pre-litigation settlement through its conciliation process. The agency’s litigation effort will be led by Senior Trial Attorney Sebastian Riccardi.

The EEOC advances opportunity in the workplace by enforcing federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination. More information is available at

Religious Discrimination Notes

Employer Coverage – 15 or more employees

Time Limits – 180 days to file a charge
(may be extended by state laws)

Federal employees have 45 days to contact an EEO Counselor


EEOCs 7/20/20 news bulletin

What You Should Know: Workplace Religious Accommodation

Religious Discrimination

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