In the United States, the religious freedom challenge most often experienced by Seventh-day Adventists is the religious rights of employees in the secular workspace. Unfortunately, since 1977 the Supreme Court has held that employers have only a de minimis, or minimal, requirement to accommodate the religious practices of their employees. The de minimis standard particularly harms religious minorities like Adventist Christians who wish to honor God by refraining from work on Sabbath.
Through both court cases and legislative initiatives, the Adventist Church continues to work toward restoring an appropriate or “reasonable” standard for employer accommodation. Your Union PARL department is available to assist if you experience religious discrimination in the workplace.
Please complete the intake form below if you are currently experiencing challenges to your religious freedom in the workplace. We will connect you with your Union Public Affairs and Religious Liberty office.