Employers need to keep their eye on a growing trend: a groundswell of support for more freedom to practice religion in the workplace. And support for the movement is coming from some unexpected quarters: the U.S. Supreme Court and a bipartisan coalition of U.S. senators.
Supreme Court: In one of the first rulings by the new Roberts court, the justices ruled unanimously that importing and taking peyote, an otherwise illegal drug with no known medicinal purpose, could be a "religious experience" protected by the Constitution.
Also, the newest justice, Samuel Alito, is already known for his strong support for reasonable religious accommodations in the workplace. While Alito served on the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals, he ruled in favor of police officers who refused to follow a clean-shave directive on religious grounds.
Congress: Among the hottest religious-discrimination proposals is a bid by Sens. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) ...(register to read more)