Think twice before requiring workers to participate in religiously oriented training. It may violate Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.
Recent case: When Jo signed on as an independent contractor to sell bathroom renovations, she didn’t expect the mandatory sales training (for which she paid thousands of dollars) to include extensive religious presentations. She sued, alleging that she was an employee and that the sessions violated Title VII. She also asked for her money back.
The court said a jury should decide whether Jo was an employee when she was forced to sit through the religious sessions. If she was, the sessions may amount to religious harassment and discrimination. She may also be entitled to her money back. (Yockum v. Bath Fitters, No. 2:11-CV-378, WD PA, 2016)
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