Washington’s Supreme Court will decide whether employers must accommodate the religious practices of their employees. The high court heard oral arguments Tuesday in a case involving four employees of an airline catering company.
The four men who brought the lawsuit worked for Gate Gourmet making in-flight meals. No outside food was allowed on the premises, so the employees were provided lunch by the company. The lawsuit alleges the options did not accommodate the religious-based dietary restrictions of the employees. Attorney Aaron Rocke represents the four men who brought the suit. He told the high court that Washington’s anti-discrimination law should obligate employers to make reasonable religious accommodations. In this case, Rocke says, Gate Gourmet was already making meals to accommodate airline passengers.
Rocke: “They make halal, vegetarian, gluten-free meals, they respect the dietary preferences of airline passengers in a way they don’t afford to their own employees.”
The attorney for Gate Gourmet countered that – as currently written - Washington’s anti-discrimination does not require employers to make religious accommodations.
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