[quote="Seeker1961, post:19, topic:286166"]
Employers have to make accomodations that are reasonable FOR THEM. Where I work a full time employee must be available to be scheduled seven days a week. You get your 2 days off a week, unless there is mandatory overtime for business needs. Your days off are determined by seniority, so if you've been here less than 10 years forget getting a weekend day-let alone a Sunday. Your work hours are determined by seniority and business needs, I have been scheduled 16 hours a day, and I've worked 7 day weeks. There is NO religious exemption for anyone. I've asked about it and basically got laughed at.
Find another job, you say? Would LOVE to, and have been looking for over 2 years. Not a whole lot of places interested in the over 40 year old worker these days.
I wish more employers would give the chances for those who wish to observe the precept of attending services for the deity of their choice can do so. Yes, there are business needs especially in certain industries and types of work. At the same time though, that the freedom to practice one religion is something often overlooked.
Yes, in the past it was easier to find a new job for any reason. These days, you best stick with what you have and don't quit one job without having a new one immediately lined up & ready.
I did ask for a schedule modification that allows me to get to the Mass of my choice on Saturday evenings as I am required to work both Saturday & Sunday from 7am to nearly 4pm. But I had to give up part of my lunch time to do so, a sacrifice I was willing to do, and glad my boss was able to allow. Until the schedule switches where I get a Sunday off, the arrangement stays in place for now.