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Employees must explain religious objections

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The federal appeals court that covers Texas has come down on the side of an employer that fired a worker for insubordination for refusing to say a rosary.

Reason: The employee never revealed that her religion prevented her from complying.

Recent case: Kelsey was an activities aide in a nursing home.

She is a former Jehovah’s Witness who had been expelled from the church as a teen for refusing to confess her sins. She still adhered to many Jehovah’s Witnesses beliefs, however, including its prohibition against saying repetitive prayers.

When a nursing home resident asked for someone to pray the Catholic rosary with her, Kelsey refused. She told a co-worker why, but never revealed her beliefs to anyone else at work.

Kelsey was subsequently called into a meeting where she was informed she was being terminated for refusing to pray with the resident. That was when she first revealed her religious objection to the rosary and asked...(register to read more)

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