April 7, 2024

Eid al-Fitr is right around the corner! This year, Eid will most likely fall on or around Wednesday, April 10—a weekday. For those of us with work or school, it can be challenging to celebrate Eid when it falls in the middle of the week. 

We know it can be intimidating to ask your boss or your school for time off, so we’ve created two templates you can send to them.  

What if my request gets denied?

California law generally allows you to request time off from work or school for religious holidays, and you are protected from being retaliated against. However, this law is subject to exemptions depending on who your school and employer are.

Federal and state law generally protect a Muslim’s right to practice religion at work and at school. However, this right is not absolute and depends on several factors. Although your school/employer is generally required to provide reasonable accommodations, you may not receive the exact accommodation you are requesting. They may even deny the request completely. If either of these things happen, call our legal team at (858) 278-4547. 

What is reasonable accommodation?

One that eliminates the employee’s conflict between his or her religious practices and work requirements and that does not cause undue hardship for the employer. This means that the employer cannot unequivocally refuse to make a religious accommodation, but rather the employer must engage in a good-faith interactive process to resolve the conflict between your religious needs and the job’s requirements. 

This template letter is not intended to give legal advice, but rather general legal information and serve as a general resource. No attorney-client relationship is created by using the templates. You should consult an attorney for legal advice specific to your situation.