My religious observations prevent me from working on the sabbath. I want to apply for a community relations position with a county and the job announcement says some evening and weekend work may be required.  At what point in the application process should I divulge this, and am I protected against discrimination by either Federal or Arizona law?
Posted by careersingov
Asked on May 22, 2013 10:46 am

I’m not an attorney, so don’t take this as legal advice, but I think you should make your availability known as soon as you feel you are a legitimate contender for the job. If you know there is mutual interest at the close of the first interview, you should bring it up. I would hope that every employer would find a way to make an accommodation for anyone’s religious observances, but not all do.

The position you are applying for is a community relations position. You should expect to be called upon at all hours to perform your duties. If you are the only PIO for the County, making a reasonable accomodation could be tough. If there are more than one of you who are on-call, it seems like something could be made to work.

Good luck.

Posted by Robert Hanna
Answered On July 6, 2013 9:52 pm