Bipartisan Support Bolsters Bill Accommodating Religion in the Workplace

March 18, 2005

Source: The New York Sun

On March 18, 2005 The New York Sun reported, "a bill that would place a heavier burden on employers to accommodate the religious practices of their employees has a good chance of becoming law this year, a bipartisan group of its backers in Congress said. Senator Kerry, a Democrat of Massachusetts, and Senator Santorum, a conservative Pennsylvania Republican, yesterday reintroduced the Workplace Religious Freedom Act in the Senate, where Mr. Kerry predicted 'overwhelming support' for the legislation. Mr. Kerry has been pushing the bill for almost a decade, since he was contacted by 'two Catholic ladies who lost their jobs because they couldn't work on Christmas,' he said at a press conference yesterday. 'No American should ever have to choose between keeping a job and keeping faith with their cherished religious beliefs and traditions,' he said. Senators Schumer and Clinton also support the bill."