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 . 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.
- Firing harassers is OK, even without formal company policy
- Don't let succession planning pave the way for discrimination
- Don't punish staff who participate in workplace investigations
- Florida Unemployment Compensation Law
- Use progressive discipline—or prepare to pay unemployment even if conduct was outrageous