A first-year suburban Chicago school teacher asked for a three-week unpaid leave-of-absence to travel to Mecca for Hajj. The district said “no.” So the teacher quit her job, went to Saudi Arabia, and then lawyered up.
Now, the Department of Justice has gotten involved, alleging that the district failed to make a “reasonable accommodation” for the teacher’s religious beliefs.
Question: Was it unreasonable for the school district to deny the teacher the leave-of-absence?
A DOJ press release, laying out the facts of the case, is below. (more…)