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Worried about reining in religious tension? Don’t ban all discussion of faith

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Some employers ban discussion of religion at work, believing that talking about faith might constitute harassment or coercion of workers who aren’t members of a majority religious group. But such a prohibition can cause more problems than it solves.

In fact, banning all religious talk may violate the right of employees to practice their religion, since some sects actually require adherents to at least acknowledge their beliefs if asked.

Recent case: Eric Weathers was a manager for FedEx until he quit and sued over religious discrimination and accommodation.

Weathers describes himself as a conservative, evangelical Christian and belonged to a Bible-study group made up of Christian FedEx employees.

Weathers was preparing to terminate a female employee when the woman filed an internal religious-­discrimination complaint against him. She claimed that Weathers frequently quoted scripture, which made her feel uncomfortable. Among ...(register to read more)

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Mlee January 22, 2012 at 5:44 pm

Another article says:

2 weeks after warning him to cease all religious discussions, his Director sent him an e-mail that says: “The man upstairs is watching…” The letter included a picture of a Baptist church marquee that stated: God has seen your CBT [business report] numbers. You’re going to hell!”

http://ericweathersspot.blogspot.com/2011/11/fedex-sued-for-bizarre-and-harassing.html0

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GordonHide January 22, 2012 at 8:03 am

“Advice: Institute reasonable rules that balance the rights of all em­­ployees, no matter what religion”

More practical advice: Don’t employ the religious.00

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