Avoiding Religious Discrimination

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:

http://www.eeoc.gov/types/religion.html

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