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Argued: Trans World Airlines v. Hardison - The Supreme Court will decide 7-2 that TWA had done enough to try to accommodate an employee whose religious beliefs required strict observance of Saturday as the sabbath. Thus, the company did not violate Hardison's religious rights when they fired him for insubordination when he refused to comply with his work assignments.

The problem for Hardison wasn't TWA, which did try to compromise and accommodate, but the union which refused to bend its seniority rules to let Hardison pick particular work days. From the majority opinion:

"Had TWA nevertheless circumvented the seniority system by relieving Hardison of Saturday work and ordering a senior employee to replace him, it would have denied the latter his shift preference so that Hardison could be given his. The senior employee would also have been deprived of his contractual rights under the collective-bargaining agreement."

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