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A most extreme case of an employer violating religious rights

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Employees of United Health Pro­­grams of America, Inc. claimed that since 2007 they were coerced into participating in an offbeat religion called “Onionhead,” created by a family member of the employer. Employees said they were told to wear Onion­head buttons, place Onionhead cards near their workstations and keep only dim lighting in the workplace. Rituals also included group prayers, candle burning and discussions of spiritual texts.

Employees who opposed such activities were fired, according to a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employ­­ment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Federal law prohibits employers from coercing employees to take part in any religious activities.

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