Religious Accommodations - Undue Hardship
We operate a 24/7 long term care facility. We require all CNAs, LPNs and RNs to work every other weekend. A CNA applicant did not indicate on her application or during the interview that she could not work on Sundays so we hired her. During orientation, she informs us that she is not available on Sundays. Both the Director of Nursing and I (HR Director) spoke to her, reiterated our policy that was discussed during the interview, and explained that several employees would like to have Sundays off but we do not make exceptions. We told her if she isn't available on Sundays we would have to terminate her employment.
She is now stating she can not work due to religious reasons and she gave us a note from her pastor stating it’s against their belief to work on Sundays.
It is very difficult to staff the facility during the weekends which is why we made the policy. Would this be considered an undue hardship for us to make this accomodation due to staffing problems?