Are there laws that prohibit an employer from prohibiting a contract employee from taking time off to practice their religion...i.e. asking to leave early on Good Friday so you can go to church. I am wondering because I was denied the opportunity to leave a couple of hours early on Good Friday, despite the fact that they do not pay me for time I do not work/appear at the jobsite, and despite the fact that they will cut my hours without notice if they do not have "work". Also, is the law different for contract employee as compared to regular full-time or part-time employees of the same company?? I was under the impression that employers could not prevent you from taking time off to practice your religion, particularly if the company does not pay you for said time off.This is for a long term position where the company hired me via an employment agency. Even though I don't have a direct contract with the company, I know have rights as a "third party beneficiary" of the contract between the employment agency and the company. At the time for which the time was requested off for (Good Friday), there was not any actual work to do, and I was simply denied the time off without any justification. Citations would be useful. Thanks.
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