Accommodating store manager’s Sabbatarian beliefs would impose undue hardship

In EEOC v. Rent-A-Center, Inc., (D DC, Jan. 18, 2013), the D.C. federal district court dismissed an EEOC lawsuit against a rent-to-own business finding that accommodating the religious beliefs of store manager Ferdinand Charles would impose an undue hardship on the company. Charles’ religious beliefs prohibited him from working on Saturdays, the store’s busiest day. The store is closed on Sundays and the company requires all managers to work on Saturdays. The court said that the EEOC was asking for the store to allow its most important employee to regularly be absent on the most important day of the week.