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How holy art thou? Creating a ‘spiritual litmus test’ for hiring

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Can a boss hire or promote people simply because he has a religious obligation to “help his own?” Can managers incorporate their religious beliefs when making employment decisions?

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 says “sincerely held religious beliefs” are protected from discrimination and harassment in the workplace. As a result, employers can’t make any employment decisions based on an individual’s religious convictions, and workplaces must be free from harassment based on religious beliefs. As the following case shows, it’s important to monitor your hiring managers to make sure they’re not creating their own rules:

Case in Point: Lynn Noyes, a software worker at a California recruiting company, was denied a promotion to manager and later laid off. Why? She claims it was because she wasn’t a member of the quasi-religious group favored by her boss. The boss, William Heinz, belonged to the Fellow...(register to read more)

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