The friendly and helpful lady cutting fabric in a fabric shop leaned over to tear a price ticket off the machine. She thought no one could overhear the conversation she was having with someone else in the store on her mike/earphone. But, I heard it, “We are so understaffed, forget about it.” People were lined up everywhere.
That’s retailing today. No, wait. It’s most every job that involves service and production. I have a nephew who is a radiologist in a large partnership. He can only spend a finite amount of time on each set of xrays, keep moving on is the rule.
In this world then, it is no surprise if someone is asked, “Does your employer give you time off to practice your religion in its prescribed way?” the answer would mostly be “no”.
If employers did this routinely, there would be an explosion of new religions, all with requirements for time off from work. Think of the reaction of the woman in the fabric shop if she had to serve even longer lines of customers so someone else could have time off to practice his/her religion. The woman would quickly find a religion and there would be no one left to serve customers.
There is a steady drum beat to put in place laws requiring employer accomodation for religious practices. I agree it would be better if people did not have to work so hard and earn so little.
But, accomodations for all religious practices is not a workable idea.