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    are there any holidays that an employer is legally required to give employees off or pay holiday pay for. This pertains to the service industry. And, what about religious holidays. Can a person request off for a religious holiday, and be punished? By punished I mean fired or written up. I am less concerned about recieving holiday pay than about spending it with my family.

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    Regarding holidays, no, there are no "required" holidays for private employers, (i.e., nongovernmental), no.

    How many employees does the company have? Generally speaking, the employer needs to accommodate your request for time off for religious reasons unless doing so would create a hardship for the business. For example, if you are the only employee on duty for the day, and a replacement cannot be found, meaning the employer would have to close for the day? That would be a hardship.

    I take it you've asked? What does the employer say?
    Last edited by Pattymd; 03-24-2008, 05:04 AM.
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      religious holidays

      i work as a receptionist at a salon. there are other girls that work the front. i celebrate Easter on a different day than Christians do (i am Greek Orthodox). My employer closed the salon for Christian Easter, but wants me to work on my Easter, when there are other girls who have off, for no reason. He said that he will try to arrange something for me, but can make no promises. He can't make someone switch their day off for me.

      I just think that it seems somewhat discriminatory to close the establishment in observation of his Easter, but not to allow me the same thing.

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        Maybe, although at the end of the day the law says whatever the law says.

        http://www.eeoc.gov/types/religion.html
        "Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away".
        Philip K. **** (1928-1982)

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