By Xavier T. Romero
By right, each U.S. citizen enjoys the protections of the Free Exercise and Establishment Clauses of the United States Constitution. These Clauses seek to find a happy medium between allowing each person to practice their sincerely held religious beliefs without restriction and ensuring that the government does not go so far as to support any one religion in a preferential manner. These Clauses apply to state and federal government action only and set the floor for which the legislature can further extend protections. Congress did so when it passed Title 42 § 2000 as part of the Civil Rights Act, which extends liability to private employers for "disparate treatment" based on one's faith. So, how far must private employers go to accommodate their employees' religious requests that might conflict with workplace policies? What may seem like a difficult predicament for employers, at first, is really not as intimidating.