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December 01, 2020 on chapter Discrimination

Workplace prayer rooms

Does an employer need to provide a prayer room for employees?

Employers are not lawfully required to provide a prayer room. Ideally, a workplace may have a ‘quiet room’ or prayer room to allow employees to pray in private and minimise the time that workers are away from the job. This may assist employees to meet their religious duties, with minimal disruption to their work commitments. However, preventing employees from time away from the job to attend prayer, or unreasonably failing to facilitate an employee’s religious practice is potentially capable of attracting complaints for religious discrimination.

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