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Can you be fired for taking Jewish holidays off from work?

On Behalf of | May 14, 2024 | Employment Law

Employees in Colorado who practice Judaism often wonder about their rights to take off Jewish holidays from work. Can a company fire or punish them for missing time off to participate in their holiday traditions?

It is important to know what protections you have in this situation.

Understanding employment laws in Colorado

A Brandeis University survey reports that there are nearly 91,000 Jewish people residing in the Greater Denver Area. The Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act prohibits employers from discriminating against employees based on religion. Terminating or retaliating against employees for observing religious holidays, including Jewish holidays is illegal.

Reasonable accommodation requirements

The law requires employers in Colorado to provide reasonable accommodations for employees’ religious practices. A reasonable accommodation is one that allows the employee to practice their religion without disrupting the workplace. This could include allowing employees to take time off or adjusting work schedules for religious observances.

Communication with your employer

Employees should provide advance notice of Jewish holidays. Clearly explain your situation to your employer. Open communication is the key to finding solutions that meet everyone’s needs.

Know your rights

If your employer has discriminated against you for taking off Jewish holidays, it is important to know your rights. You may have legal options available to you, including filing a complaint with the Colorado Civil Rights Division. Seek guidance from organizations that specialize in protecting employees’ rights.

Colorado law protects the rights of employees in many areas. Be aware of these protections and seek help if your employer violates them.