Pennsylvania mirrors America's growing diversity in many ways. Today, mosques occupy old churches; co-workers wear burqas and yarmulkes; and some employees request "prayer breaks."
Religious diversity is a reason for celebration in a pluralistic society, but it also presents challenges in the workplace. The number of religious discrimination claims filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has more than doubled in the past year.
Furthermore, the courts have not offered clear guidance to employers when dealing with religious issues. And Congress is considering legislation, led by Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum (R), that would require employers to make ADA-style reasonable accommodations for employees' religious practices.
5 steps to compliance
Most employers understand the basics: Federal law (Title VII of the Civil Rights Act) says it's illegal to discriminate based on a person's religion i...(register to read more)
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