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‘Energy circles’ and Tibetan teachings: Enforcing new-age spirituality at work triggers old-school lawsuit

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Question: Sometimes, truth is stranger than fiction. That’s certainly true with the, um, “unique” religious discrimination case that comes to us this month from America’s heartland. The case hammers home a clear lesson: It’s never appropriate for company leaders to force employees to adhere to certain religious practices—even quasi-religious “spiritual” events.

Case in Point: When the owner of a Nebraska log-home company wanted to improve employee performance, old-fashioned training wasn’t enough. Instead, he required employees to attend Mind-Body Energy (MBE) seminars so they could “cleanse the negative energy” from their past lives. The company employed MBE coaches—including one who claimed to speak with animals—and required employees to read Tibetan and Buddhist teachings. The HR director (the owner’s wife) kept a log of employees’ attendance at the MBE coaching sessions.

On one occasion, the owner tried to re...(register to read more)

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