By Peter Pinedo for CNA
Washington D.C., Jan 17, 2023 / 13:17 pm (CNA).
The Supreme Court of the United States decided Friday to hear the case of Gerald Groff, a Christian former postal worker in rural Pennsylvania who was reprimanded and threatened with being fired for refusing to work on Sundays.
Arguing that he was wrongfully targeted because of his religious convictions, Groff filed a lawsuit for violations of his religious rights.
According to his attorneys, Groff v. DeJoy could have significant implications for the religious rights of employees across the country.
Groff began working for the United States Postal Service (USPS) in 2012 but did not experience problems until 2013, when USPS started requiring him to work Sunday shifts as part of the service’s contract with Amazon.
Because he believes that working on Sundays would violate the Third Commandment’s obligation to “keep holy the sabbath,” Groff requested a religious accommodation to not be scheduled for work on Sundays.
According to the First Liberty Institute, one of the firms representing Groff, his request was granted, allowing him to work extra shifts during the week instead of on Sunday.
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