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U.S. Supreme Court asked to revive postal worker’s religious bias claim

August 24, 2022

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(Reuters) – A former U.S. Postal Service mail carrier on Tuesday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether he was entitled to take Sundays off to observe the Sabbath, after an appeals court dismissed his case.

Lawyers for Gerald Groff, who was a rural mail carrier in Pennsylvania, filed a petition urging the court to overturn its 1977 ruling that said employers do not have to grant religious accommodations that would impose “more than a de minimis cost.”

The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in May said granting Groff an exemption from delivering Amazon packages on Sundays would have placed an undue hardship on USPS by straining the agency’s resources and forcing his coworkers to take on more shifts.

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