Employers may seek additional information regarding an employee’s religious beliefs where the employee seeks to be excused from participating in a mandatory influenza vaccination program for religious reasons, according to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s Office of Legal Counsel. The opinion came in an informal discussion letter in which the Office responded to an inquiry regarding religious accommodations under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 in the context of mandatory vaccination programs. The letter highlights the limitations of such an inquiry and is subject to the EEOC’s caution that the letter provides only “an informal discussion of the noted issue and [did] not constitute an official opinion of the Commission.”  Additional information can be found here.