What Makes a Belief or Practice Religious Under the Law?

What Makes a Belief or Practice Religious Under the Law?

Written by Don Byrd The last post covered an employment discrimination verdict in a case brought by the EEOC on behalf of workers who objected to mandatory activities in a program called “harnessing happiness.” A jury awarded $5.1 million in damages for...
NYPD Issues New Rules Accommodating Officers’ Religious Observance

NYPD Issues New Rules Accommodating Officers’ Religious Observance

Written by Don Byrd Last week, the New York Police Department announced new rules to accommodate officers whose faith conflicts with policies prohibiting beards or head coverings. The previous policy was a barrier to many Sikh adherents, who traditionally wear their...
New York Appeals Court Upholds Ruling Against Wedding Venue Owners

New York Appeals Court Upholds Ruling Against Wedding Venue Owners

Written by Don Byrd Via Religion Clause, a New York appeals court has upheld an award of damages and a $10,000 fine against a wedding venue charged with refusing wedding ceremony services to a same-sex couple. The court rejected arguments by the owners of the...