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390,000 reasons to avoid religious talk at work

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A new Arizona court ruling offers a good reminder that asking employees about their religious practices is irrelevant unless the employee is requesting a religious accommodation, such as time off to worship.

The ruling: A call-center worker for Go-Daddy.com, an Internet domain registration firm, won a $390,000 court judgment in his wrongful termination lawsuit. Yousef Bouamama, a Muslim from Morocco, claimed that the organization fired him a week after his new manager asked him where he was from and what religion he practiced. The Phoenix jury awarded him $135,000 in lost wages, $250,000 in punitive damages and $5,000 for emotional pain. 

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