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Can we forbid employees from gathering in a prayer group while on breaks?

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Q. A group of our employees met during their break to have group prayer. A supervisor complained to our president, who said we should tell employees they can’t pray on break time, nor can they pray during lunch unless they leave the building. Some employees are upset. Is this policy legal?

A. Employees of private employers are permitted to pray during their lunch periods and break times in the workplace.

An employer can require employees to pray in a location that does not interfere with other employees and with company operations. An employer also should be mindful of the need to accommodate employees’ religious beliefs under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and state law.

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