The federal EEOC reported an increase of 13% for religious discrimination claims in 2007. Of the 2880 claims, 59.3% were found to have “no reasonable cause”. On the claims with any merit, the EEOC collected $6.4 million, not counting litigation awards. With society’s ever-growing religious diversity, it is important for organizations to understand how to provide a work environment free of religious discrimination.
Can you express religious views at work? Of course, but as the business owner or manager you also have a responsibility to make sure employees do “pick on”, belittle, tease, or mock those who do not believe the same as they do.
Steps you should take: Familiarize yourself with the guidelines the EEOC provides on how to avoid religious discrimination: