Can someone be fired for requesting time off for Jewish Holidays? Officially, no, but a judge from Ohio claims it happened to her.
Instead of being granted time off, Kimberley Edelstein says she had to use vacation days and was then let go altogether after complaining. Edelstein had served as a lawyer and judge for eight years in Butler County, Ohio, without any issues.
Butler County, which is in the southwestern corner of the State, does not have an official policy that accommodates holiday requests for members of non-Christian faiths—something I find surprising. Most work places are very politically correct these days (at least on paper) and don’t want this type of negative publicity.
Since the suit was recently filed and there’s no judgment yet, everyone can read the full article and make up their own mind. Personally, I am just disgusted that in the year 2017, with so much awareness of different cultures, it’s still being debated. Anyone who celebrates Jewish holidays should obviously be granted the time off, without penalty!