Keep the faith: You can accommodate religions in the workplace

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An employee refuses to trim his dreadlocks, saying they are essential to his practice of Rastafari. A cashier insists she has a right to tell customers, “Have a blessed day.”

A waiter says covering his tattoos would violate his Kemetic faith, an ancient Egyptian religion. An employee posts a “Jesus Saves” sign at his desk in the company lobby.

An employee asks for time off on Halloween to celebrate the Wiccan New Year. Two non-Christian employees ask their employer to ax the company Christmas tree and wreath.

These are all cases that the courts have recently decided.

The law

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employers with 15 or more employees from religious discrimination. It outlaws treating employees or applicants differently based on their religion in any aspect of employment, including hiring, firing, promotions, discipline and pay.

It also requires employers to make reasonable efforts to accomm...(register to read more)

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