Avoid Religious Discrimination in the Workplace
As an employer, you are always seeking maximum efficiency and profitability. To
do this, you know how important it is to hire the right people with the talent and
experience that will help grow and develop your business. Just as important as
hiring these people, is keeping them happy and satisfied.
Employees will perform better when they feel
appreciated and comfortable in the working
environment you provide for them. Avoiding
any kind of discrimination or other harmful
tactics is absolutely critical in creating an
environment conducive to productivity. One of
the areas of discrimination that has become
too prominent in workplaces around the
country is that of religion.
The government has take steps to help ensure that this type of discrimination is
eliminated from workplaces so that people of all beliefs can have a chance to
earn a living based on their talents and abilities rather than their religious
affiliations. The effects of allowing religious discrimination to permeate your
company can be devastating. The last thing you want to deal with is a lawsuit
against your company by an employee that was discriminated against because of
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has deemed religious
discrimination to be similar to other types of discrimination in the workplace.
Their Title VII policy has prohibited discrimination as is relates to religion for
prospective employees as well as current employees who may be seeking
promotions or pay increases.
This provision also includes the intolerance of harassment of employees for their
religious beliefs. In the past 20+ years, religious discrimination charges have
more than doubled, so this is a real issue that the government is taking very
Religious Belief Defined
There is a difficult distinction to make between religious beliefs and personal
preferences. Basically, religious beliefs and practices include moral and ethical
beliefs as they relate to right and wrong. On the other hand, personal
preferences are not considered to be religious beliefs.
One example that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has given is
the comparison of a Catholic employee that asks for a change to their schedule
to attend services on Good Friday with another employee who wants to change
their schedule to help decorate or prepare food for a church-sponsored event.
The first employee would be an example of religious belief while the second
would fall more in line with personal preferences.
There can be a lot of confusion and
miscommunication involved in trying to observe
the policies that have been put in place and how
they apply to your business. That is why it is
important to really understand the nuances of
discrimination and best practices to prevent it from
being a part of your organization. You want to be
sure you avoid the negative impact of legal
problems so you can focus on the success of your business.
In this day and age, the need for training employees to be compliant is necessary.
WeComply provides online compliance training solutions and can help your
employees be compliant with discrimination policies. Call us today and let us
help you find a solution for your harassment training needs.
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