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Remind managers: Employment decisions based on religion aren’t kosher–or legal

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Here’s a reminder for the next time you provide harassment and discrimination training: Tell managers and supervisors that they should never comment on an em­­ployee’s religious preferences or make any assignments based on notions about certain religions.

Such comments and assignments may mean a religious discrimination or harassment lawsuit.

Simply put, supervisors have no more business making assignments based on religion than they do based on sexual or ageist stereotypes.

Recent case: When James was hired to sell bottled water, he had not yet converted to Judaism. He did very well selling to retail accounts, consistently exceeding his goals during his first year. In fact, he was promoted and got a big pay raise because of his good performance.

Then James converted and joined a conservative temple. He wore religious garb including a yarmulke to work. He also dressed strictly in black and white clothing, as required of his ...(register to read more)

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