Sabbath Testing - Employee Letter
Re: (Type of Test)
Dear (PERSON’S NAME):
I am a member in good standing and in regular attendance at the (YOUR CHURCH NAME) Seventh-day Adventist church. Along with millions of other Seventh-day Adventists around the world, I observe the seventh day of the week (Saturday) as my Sabbath according to the teachings of the Old and New Testaments.
I believe that it is a violation of my religious beliefs to participate in tests on the Sabbath. I am unable to perform secular activities, employment or otherwise, during the 24-hour period from sunset Friday to sunset Saturday. Secular activities—shopping, sports, employment, and other entertainment—are laid aside. The Sabbath is sacred to me and I devote these hours to God. Accordingly, I am writing to request that an alternative test date be found.
According to the provisions of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and 29 Code of Federal Regulations 1605.3(a) Guidelines on Discrimination Because of Religion:
“Scheduling of Tests or other Selection Procedures. When a test or other selection procedure is scheduled at a time when an employee or prospective employee cannot attend because of his or her religious practices, the user of the test should be aware that the principles enunciated in these guidelines apply and that it has an obligation to accommodate such employee or prospective employee unless undue hardship would result.”
Thank you in advance for giving my request due consideration. I am confident that a suitable accommodation can be worked out to everyone’s satisfaction
cc: Alan J. Reinach, Esq., Executive Director
Church State Council