Charges of religious discrimination filed with the EEOC have increased steadily in recent years. One recent case provides a powerful reminder that employers are obligated to reasonably accommodate an employee’s religious beliefs and practices. (See “Worried about reining in religious tension? Don’t ban all discussion of faith.”)
Scripture in the workplace
Eric Weathers, a conservative evangelical Christian, worked as a sales manager at FedEx. In August 2007, one of Weathers’ direct reports filed an internal complaint against him.
The employee alleged Weathers quoted scripture to her and discussed his religion in an uncomfortable and offensive manner, which included quoting a Bible passage stating a slave should be obedient to his master. FedEx investigated, concluding that, although Weathers’style may have been questionable, his conduct was not inappropriate.
The company issued a counseling letter to Weathers, pr...(register to read more)