Rutgers University recognizes and respects the religious diversity of its employees. The university prohibits discrimination based on an employee’s religion or creed and will provide reasonable accommodations for employees to enable them to exercise their sincerely held religious beliefs. More specifically, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”) and the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (“NJLAD”) require that Rutgers University reasonably accommodate an employee whose sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance conflicts with a work requirement unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the university.
The Office of Employment Equity (“OEE”) is responsible for overseeing and coordinating requests for accommodation received from staff employees based on religion. As an initial step, an employee should inform his/her supervisor or the Disability Specialist in OEE of the need for a reasonable accommodation based on religion. An employee, a family member, or someone else designated by an employee may notify the university on the employee’s behalf of his/her need for a reasonable accommodation.
An employee may also submit any additional documentation or information from his/her religious or spiritual leader that s/he believes will be helpful in OEE’s discussion with the employee’s department about the request. Once completed, an employee may mail, e-mail, or fax (732-932-0049) the Accommodation Request Form and any other relevant documentation to the attention of the Disability Specialist in OEE.
Please contact OEE with questions regarding the process for requesting a religious accommodation:
Office of Employment Equity
For information regarding religious accommodations for faculty employees, please contact the Office of Academic Labor Relations.