Susan Gross Sholinsky, a Member of the Firm in the Employment, Labor & Workforce Management practice, in the firm’s New York office, was quoted in the Bloomberg BNA Daily Labor Report, in “Disputes Over Prayer Breaks Reflect Changing Workforce,” by Madison Alder. (Read the full version – subscription required.)

Following is an excerpt:

Similarly, Susan Gross Sholinsky, an attorney with Epstein Becker Green, told Bloomberg BNA in an email “an employer should not discount the actual discussion with the employee requesting the accommodation.”

Sholinsky, a member of her firm’s Employment, Labor & Workforce Management practice, suggested opening a conversation with employees to talk about anything from the reasons why they are unable to make the accommodation to alternate solutions.

“Communication is key,” Sholinksy said. “Never shut down (or take actions that appear to be shutting down) the discussion. Rather, be flexible, and endeavor to reach a solution that can work for both parties.”

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