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HAT Forum - "Religious Accommodation - How Far is Far Enough?"

  • The 519, Room 303 519 Church Street Toronto, ON, M4Y 2C9 Canada (map)

A religious accommodation is any adjustment to the work environment that will allow an employee or applicant to practice his or her religion. An agency may justify a refusal to accommodate an individual's religious beliefs or practices if the agency can demonstrate that the accommodation would cause an undue hardship.

A duty to accommodate Ontario Human Rights Code: http://www.ohrc.on.ca/en/policy-preventing-discrimination-based-creed/9-duty-accommodate

Questions for discussion:

  1. If a religious accommodation is based on the belief in gods/profits, where is the evidence for providing such accommodations?
  2. Define a religious belief and why this belief is important or significant to anyone other than the person who believes it.
  3. Should the workforce and society pay special attention to these beliefs', if yes, why, if no, why not?
  4. Does accommodating religious beliefs discriminate against others or interfere with the those who do not have a belief in gods/profits?