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Attorney General Morrisey Applauds US Supreme Court Decision Giving Americans Stronger Religious Freedom Protections

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is lauding the U.S. Supreme Court decision Thursday that gives Americans a broader right to religious accommodations in the workplace.

 “The Supreme Court made the right decision reiterating the fundamental right of every citizen to freely exercise their religious freedom,” Attorney General Morrisey said. “Many spend most of their time at work and people should not be expected to choose between their jobs and their faith.”

 “No one should be forced to sacrifice their dedication to their religion in order to keep a job.”

 The Attorney General co-led a 22-state coalition in an amicus brief in February which supported the case involving Gerald Groff, an evangelical Christian who faithfully observes Sunday Sabbath.

 He was a mail carrier in Pennsylvania when the United States Postal Service signed an agreement with Amazon in 2013 to deliver packages on Sundays and holidays.

 Groff resigned in 2019 after USPS refused to grant him a blanket exemption from Sunday shifts.

 He then sued, alleging the Postal Service subjected him to discrimination for refusing to accommodate his religious beliefs and practices under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

 Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Virginia joined the West Virginia- and Louisiana led brief.