My Religion or My Job: Yes, This May be a Hostile Workplace Environment

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By Eric B. Meyer

It’s not that often that you come across a case where an employee alleges a hostile work environment based on religion. Sex? Sure. Race? Yep. But religion? Not so much.

Yet, when your employees are faced with the choice “My religion or my job,” it’s time to call the lawyers.

An overtly religious work environment

Here are the facts from this federal court opinion (in Garcimonde-Fisher v. 203 Marketing):

  • The office was decorated with Judeo-Christian artwork and biblical posters.
  • Materials with evangelical messages and solicitations for donations to overtly evangelical charities were distributed to employees.
  • The break room had a TV that looped Christian movies all day long.
  • Evangelical charities were invited to give presentations employees were required to attend and allowed to solicit donations from employees.
  • The employer kept an evangelical chaplain on staff.
  • Mandatory prayer meetings and religious events were scheduled during work hours.
  • Privileges were given to employees who chose to attend and the company owner kept track of those who chose not to participate.
  • Even work meetings were begun with prayer.
  • At the company Christmas party, HR gave a sermon about the battle against evil, abortion, and homosexuals.
  • At another Christmas party, the company owner opened the event introducing the new COO as someone who is a good Christian and aligns with my faith and belief
  • At the same party, the employees were given gifts, a book about family, a book about abortion and a “Horton Hears a Who” DVD
  • At a “family fun day,” employees were required to attend a 20 minute religious service in a chapel and sit through an additional 30 minute religious presentation by Compassion International, an evangelical charity, in which the organization also solicited donations

“Such a workplace may be considered hostile”

Sounds preachy to me, but a hostile work environment? Well, according to the court, yeah, maybe so:

Hostile work environment claims prevent employers from creating conditions that are inhospitable to any but those who share their beliefs. … When the teachings and practices of an employer’s religious sect saturate a workplace such that an employee is constantly bombarded with those teachings such a workplace may be considered hostile. Such profusion may effectively alter the terms of employment in a way that disadvantages the religious outsider who is thus faced with the choice “My religion or my job?” Title VII forbids employers from forcing employees to make this choice whether overtly or covertly.”

The plaintiff produced evidence where the company referred to the King James Bible as the proper Bible and to Catholicism as not the “right kind” of Christianity.

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But the icing on the cake was the addition evidence that the company owner said as much — if you don’t like my religion, you can quit.

Or, I suppose, you can sue too.

This was originally published on Eric B. Meyer’s blog, The Employer Handbook.

You know that scientist in the action movie who has all the right answers if only the government would just pay attention? Eric B. Meyer, Esq. gets companies HR-compliant before the action sequence. Serving clients nationwide, Eric is a Partner at FisherBroyles, LLP, which is the largest full-service, cloud-based law firm in the world, with approximately 210 attorneys in 21 offices nationwide. Eric is also a volunteer EEOC mediator, a paid private mediator, and publisher of The Employer Handbook (www.TheEmployerHandbook.com), which is pretty much the best employment law blog ever. That, and he's been quoted in the British tabloids. #Bucketlist.

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203 Comments on “My Religion or My Job: Yes, This May be a Hostile Workplace Environment

    1. Okay, let us begin the lunch hour with the Angelus and/or Regina Coeli which a traditional Catholic noon day prayers and watch the Evangelicals who think prayer is okay at work go ballistic.
      Most employees have an at will relationship whereby the employer may fire them for any reason except for reasons connected to protected class which is race, gender, religion, etc. Employees who fail to conform could be fired and the employee would have the burden of proof of illegal discrimination. Putting any religion in the work place is a hostile act.

      1. Not at a Christian book store. Or some other just Christian business. I would hope they would tell you what to expect. I haven’t heard of any where that didn’t.

    2. hey feldman, let me guess that youre a marxist jew ??
      i find the marxist crap that you and your ethnic tribalists(children of the devil according to Jesus Himself) blatantly hostile and hense why i would prefer, like many authentic jews also wish, that yall should be deported with all of your marxist jew crap and satan worship.
      see realjewnews.com , gilad atzmon, jack bernsteins 1961 speech where he explaines how yall are behind all the world wars and the attacks upon white and Christian society.
      see general smedley butlers unabridged “war is a racket” speech, and then choose whether you want to be an authentic american or a zionist/marxist satanist, in which case you should pack up and move to isra-hell, that paratsite nation that should have never been set up by us in the first place.

  1. It depends on what your job is and what they sell. If it was Christian materials then that may not be a problem. If the sell cars then that would be a little much.

    1. Actually it shouldn’t matter. As long as you aren’t a religious organization, like a church, the things described would seem to be actionable to me.

      1. If it is a Christian bookstore, or the bookstore in a church, one would expect this sort of environment, but it is not acceptable is a standard work environment.

      2. Ben does have a point to a degree though – if you apply to be manager of a retail store that sells only Christian music, then yes, in that one particular instance it would not only be appropriate but expected that Christian music would be playing in the store.

  2. Yes, this was a hostile environment. Even if the business sold Christian stuff most of the above is illegal. What is wrong with these employees that they didn’t go to the labor board? Putting up with this for a while and then complaining makes no sense.

    1. shelley, the problem is that we allowed women to vote, and now they have allowed EVERYONE, even non-citizens to vote, all based on emotions of course.
      now this is what we have, a COLLAPSING NATION OF MASS CONFUSION as we function based on feelings and not reality.

    2. People put up with that kind of crap for as long as they can stand it or until they get fired and then they complain. We’re taught that we can’t have everything our way and we have to do it the bosses way or get out. But sometimes the injustice of having to put up with this kind of crap is overwhelming. Treating people the way this jerk’s employees were treated just because they can’t say no is not right. It’s just not right.

    3. Most likely, especially with the recent recession, people put up and shut up simply so they could put food on the table.

  3. So…. when you interviewed for this job you didn’t notice? The interviewer didn’t have the same in his/her office surroundings? The correct response is that you are not interested in a prayer life at work, or ask is this that the music that plays all the time here. YOUR out. Not interested nor are the people interested in you criticizing their life choices. This is really it isn’t it. You don’t like Christians then stay away from them. Go else where for employment. I don’t like fat people in the work place. I want women in tight short sultry dresses. I don’t want filthy language in the work place. Women won’t have short hair. Men won’t grow a beard. blue jeans are not allowed. Bra’s will be worn at all times. Secretaries will be female. You must drive a white car. Here try this and make it fit! You must wear a hard hat, steel toed boots, gloves eye protection. ear protection, green or orange safety vest, Have a license, pass an employment test, have a degree, attend classes in safety or business concerns. Ever hear of any of those? Well I think thats my decision not yours, the companies or the governments. Screw all that BS. But if that is what the company decides then GOOD for them, I can leave anytime.

    1. Avoiding the issue of a hostile work environment does not solve the issue and only serves to allow such employee demeaning tactics to continue and even grow. As a business you are held to laws that prevent these very things and multiple ones from your list from happening. The employee is in the right to bring their illegal actions to light.

  4. The one that I don’t like is being asked for donations. I don’t think that should happen under any circumstances. The United Way is pushed very hard in some businesses and the employee feels pressured to make a donation. At one job I worked they had cards with your name printed on them and a space for the amount you wanted to donate with a line for your signature. I always tore them up when they were handed to me and threw them away. But that was a union job and I’m sure some people donate when they would rather not.

    1. We aren’t talking about an outstanding, not for profit, secular organization that is known for their work in making better lives for less fortunate folks.

      1. I’m talking about the United Way that gives it’s president over a million dollars a year in pay and perks. Much of it’s income comes from businesses who intimidate their workers into making contributions that they wouldn’t otherwise make if it wasn’t their boss standing there with his hand out.

  5. Don’t like your work environment? Don’t work there!

    If you own a business, you should be able to do what you want with it, including scaring away all valuable employees and customers because of your fanatical religious beliefs.

    1. funkjaw,
      It’s not that simple. Allowing business the right to do as they please with their business and employees turns them into virtual slave owners and deprives their employees of all rights and safeguards. Worst case scenario–what’s to stop an employer from locking all the fire exits or not providing access to water or restrooms or food. You think it doesn’t happen? Think again

      1. But those are also against OSHA and other laws. Nothing the blogger had was or is. I would think you and the employer would work out these problems before you took the job. Don’t like it don’t work there.

        1. Except the law says the employees decides what is offensive not the employer. That is the error in your assertions. Yes religious infuence can be held offensive just like pictures of females posted can be forced to be taken down.

          1. If there is a picture of Jesus praying in your office. You still don’t own that office the boss does. Ask that it be taken down but it isn’t yours to say it must be taken down. If you were a muslim or a Jew then if I was the boss sure I would take it down. But then why would you work for a Christian company.

  6. I watched a couple of otherwise promising “Crusader” officers shoot their careers in the foot pulling crap like this in the Army. They thought they were Infantry Chaplains and soon found themselves doing the dufflebag drag because they couldn’t handle keeping their Evangelical noses out of other peoples business.

    1. I am beginning to feel we should allow, even encourage Christians to spout their intolerance everywhere. In recent years where they have injected themselves more and more into every part of society and politics, it has led to the greatest explosion of non-belief and rejection of religion in this country’s history, with the possible exception of the 1870’s through 1890’s. If they keep talking like this, soon they will be such a marginalized minority they will be nothing but a footnote in history. The more they talk, the more people actively reject them.

  7. It’s amazing how conservative Christians claim to be the persecuted ones in modern society even as they are fighting to control others’ lives.
    They are the only group I know of who can define “persecution” as “not being allowed to dominate everything and everyone” with a straight face.
    In recent years, religious believers have sought and largely won a cascading array of rights, privileges and exemptions from laws and duties that otherwise apply to all Americans.

    * The right to discriminate in public accommodations and hiring practices.
    * The right to interfere with a religious outsider’s family formation, sexual intimacy, and childbearing decisions.
    * The right to interfere in a religious outsider’s dying process.
    * The right to exemption from humane animal slaughter regulations.
    * The right to use public funds and other assets to propagate the values and priorities of the religion.
    * The right to freeload on shared infrastructure without contributing to it.
    * The right to refuse medical care to women and children.
    * The right to engage in religiously motivated child abuse (psychological abuse, physical abuse, neglect or medical neglect) with impunity.
    * The right to exemption from labor practice standards.

    While freedom of religion and speech is protected in the United States, a social and political climate prevails “in which atheists and the non-religious are made to feel like lesser Americans, or non-Americans.”

        1. “Trendy”? You realize that the term Pagan covers all faiths that are not the Abrahamic 3 (Islam, Christianity and Jewish), meaning Buddhist and Hindu as well as Wiccan, etc. are considered Pagan. 22% of the worlds population are Hindu and Buddhist, so I wouldn’t exactly call that a “trend”.

    1. our nation was founded on all of this dipshit. READ your founders !! or are you a marxist jew or one of their libtards ??

      1. Patriots believe in our secular government founded by men like Washington and Jefferson. YOU need to read more and listen to FOX less!

        1. “You do well to wish to learn our arts and our ways of life and above all, the religion of Jesus Christ. These will make you a greater and happier people than you are.” George Washington.

          1. “The Government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion.”
            ~1797 Treaty of Tripoli signed by Founding Father John Adams

            “I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibit the free exercise thereof, thus building a wall of separation between church and state.”
            ~Founding Father Thomas Jefferson, letter to the Baptists of Danbury, Connecticut, 1802

            “Christianity neither is, nor ever was a part of the common law.”
            ~Founding Father Thomas Jefferson, letter to Dr. Thomas Cooper, February 10, 1814

            “The civil government functions with complete success by the total separation of the Church from the State.”
            ~Founding Father James Madison, 1819, Writings, 8:432, quoted from Gene Garman, “Essays In Addition to America’s Real Religion”

            “No religious doctrine shall be established by law.”
            ~Founding Father Elbridge Gerry, Annals of Congress 1:729-731

            “The legislature of the United States shall pass no law on the subject of religion.”
            ~Founding Father Charles Pinckney, Constitutional Convention, 1787

          2. and one year later in 1798 John Adams after the first ratification of The Treaty of Tripoli, in a letter to the officers of The First Brigade of The Third Division of The Massachusetts Militia, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

          3. And, nowhere in that quote is there any mention of Catholic, Baptist, or even Christian. Many of our founders were Deists, not Christians. Their brilliance was evident by their refusal to hold one religion over any other in the foundation of our nation.

          4. Actually, every founder was religious. They avoided labeling though, because it is why the majority of “Protest-tants” left Europe to begin with. People started labeling certain peoples, and normal Christians were considered heretics in Catholics eyes. So they came here, and so that Christianity wouldn’t turn into another version of Catholicism they did what they did. Back then they didn’t have to explain it, as it was simply the wisest way to go about it, if they could see how misunderstandings lead to what we have now, they probably would have been a little more specific about it.

          5. Sounds like a wise man that avoided a war. He was actually the humble one and yet people mistake his comment as what he believed would have been best for the country to avoid war, with guess you know who….

          6. Washington, who incidently never joined a church his entire life, considered himself a Deist, and never once accepted communion said these words to Native Americans to get them to move off of land that he had invested in, in order to sell it to land speculators. How very Christian of him. When they didn’t, he sent the army in to “remove” them. Washington, in many ways was a great man, however, he was also a politician and like all of that stripe, said what he had to say to get what he wanted.

          7. And he still advocated a secular government free of religion. Compared to those religious advocates of today that push for a theocracy, Washington was an amazingly clear thinking founder…
            “The government of the United States is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion.”

            ?
            George Washington

    2. You actually raised some very good points. I think that these conservative Christians don’t understand the difference between religious freedom and religious domination.

      1. Grow up. I was fired from a job after the office manager learned of my religion. (I did not proselyte or discuss my beliefs, all I did was mention in the lunch room that I belonged to a particular church and she overheard me.) That same manager tried to fire someone else I knew, but that employee was able to fight back and preserve his job. There are serious problems with anti-religiosity, too.

        1. If that is true, why didn’t you sue for religious discrimination? Or was there other factors involved that you left out?

        2. So you worked in a “Christian” workplace and it came out that you’re a member of the Church of Satan? ‘Cause that would certainly get you fired (after the attempted exorcism during staff meeting, of course)…

    3. I would give this post a billion upvotes if I could. 😀

      My favorite prayer, if you don’t mind:

      Jesus, please save me from your followers. Amen.

  8. Maybe don’t take a job where it is an environment that you don’t like. Any job interview would provide all that information up front. I always walk around an office of a prospective new job. The guy is a tool for whining.

    1. amen chris, good to see that there are a few non-pussified american males left in our once great republic !!

    2. I worked at a place like that for 3 months. I was placed there by a staffing agency, and in the interview the only things that were mentioned were that they were a family friendly company that strived to maintain a friendly atmosphere. That was it. This particular place didn’t have pictures on the walls in community areas, so no tip off there.

      Once I was hired on it was quite the shock to read the monthly “Message from the President” extolling how we are all sinners and going to hell and need to repent. There was the prayer of the week that was e-mailed each Monday along with a sermon summary in case you’d missed church (and you’d best not be offended by the one “true” version of Christianity which was of course, Catholicism!). You’d better attend a church and talk about it as well or the pointed questions would start. Each company meeting was started and ended with a prayer. There were the “voluntary” charitable donations (tracked and posted for all to see). The day before Christmas our IT director put heavily religious carols on the intercom all day.

      I follow a faith that is not Christian, and when a co-worker recognized a necklace for it he immediately pulled me aside, told me to tuck it inside my shirt and warned me that if I let anyone know I wasn’t Christian I could expect to be fired within 2 days like the last guy. (Since I was still on new hire probation they didn’t have to state a reason.)

      All I wanted was to have a decent job where I could do my work. I really needed a job and having to hide my religion while being inundated by a faith that wasn’t mine shouldn’t have even been a concern. There were other issues at the place as well, and after 3 months I had already had Shingles (at 41 years old) and was having constant chest pains, so I ended up quitting. We almost starved for a couple of months until I found something else, but that was better than the direction things were heading there.

      1. True. I would just ignore the sermons and carols as being disrespectful to the employees, who probably never stated what their religious views were. No one has the right to demand someone attend church or not attend church. There is nothing religious about pretending your religion is superior, merely prideful.

  9. So, the workplace was totally secular when they went to interview for a job but then when they got the job and showed up at work all of a sudden posters were up and religion was everywhere? I doubt it. If the owner of the business is that strongly Christian it is going to show up throughout the interview process, the hiring people and/or people you meet in the process will talk about faith, they’ll highlight the fact that they are a faith based company. Once you choose to take a job in that environment then deal with it or leave.
    That would be like me suing the exercise facility I joined that happened to be part of a Jewish Community Center because they were closed for every major and minor Jewish holiday, they closed a bit before sundown on Friday and all day Sat., they didn’t allow cash to be used at the summer park that was open on Sat. and there was no warmed food either that day, they didn’t allow competitions to take place on Sat., the snacks were all kosher, and they had modesty requirements for workout clothes. I knew what I was getting into when I signed up, I decided the location and facilities were worth the slight inconvenience of being Christian but needing to follow a Jewish calendar for my fitness regime.

    1. You misunderstand the premise of laws on religion in the workplace: even if he had discovered all of that, he still has the right to work in a place free of religious intolerance.

      1. james, he has it right, HE is an authentic american and you are a “pussy” for lack of a more appropo word.

        as a Christian myself, i find it inhospitable to have a work environment that has nothing pro americas founders and their Christian relgion, so can i sue based on my “feelings” too ?

        1. The Founders of the USA were not all Christians, nor was the country’s foundation based on Christianity. I realize that right-wingers tell that lie over and over, but it is still a lie, “jeff”.
          For example:
          “Millions of innocent men, women, and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined, and imprisoned; yet we have not advanced one inch toward uniformity. What has been the effect of coercion? To make one-half the world fools and the other half hypocrites. To support roguery and error all over the earth.”
          — Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia, 1781-82

          1. Also, this:

            Be it enacted by the General Assembly, that no man shall be compelled to frequent or support any religious worship, place, or ministry whatsoever, nor shall be enforced, restrained, molested, or burthened in his body or goods, nor shall otherwise suffer on account of his religious opinions or belief; but that all men shall be free to profess, and by argument to maintain, their opinion in matters of religion, and that the same shall in no wise diminish, enlarge, or affect their civil capacities.
            — Thomas Jefferson, Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom (1779)

          2. People like to forget that every single one of the Founding Fathers came from a society that had an official religion, they were trying to avoid this. They did not want government to impose religion on the people, and they did not want any particular religion to impose it’s will upon the government.
            What religious people don’t want to accept is that, while we are happy to let you practice your religion in your various houses of worship, the rest of us do not want to join you and we don’t want any part of your rules and social regulations.

          3. “You do well to wish to learn our arts and our ways of life and above all, the religion of Jesus Christ. These will make you a greater and happier people than you are.” George Washington.

        2. “As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion;” – Treaty of Tripoli, passed by congress, signed by President John Adams.

          1. That portion was not in the Arabic version, Bill. That wording was, however, voted in unanimously by the Senate, which was made up mostly of Founding Fathers.

          2. How about these?

            “I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibit the free exercise thereof, thus building a wall of separation between church and state.”
            ~Founding Father Thomas Jefferson, letter to the Baptists of Danbury, Connecticut, 1802

            “Christianity neither is, nor ever was a part of the common law.”
            ~Founding Father Thomas Jefferson, letter to Dr. Thomas Cooper, February 10, 1814

            “The civil government functions with complete success by the total separation of the Church from the State.”
            ~Founding Father James Madison, 1819, Writings, 8:432, quoted from Gene Garman, “Essays In Addition to America’s Real Religion”

            “No religious doctrine shall be established by law.”
            ~Founding Father Elbridge Gerry, Annals of Congress 1:729-731

            “The legislature of the United States shall pass no law on the subject of religion.”
            ~Founding Father Charles Pinckney, Constitutional Convention, 1787

      2. Yes, he has a right to work in a place free of intolerance. But that does not mean he has a right to work in a place free of religious influence.

        1. Actually it does. The employees get to decide what is offensive sir. Once that employess states that religious influence is offensive that employer must take corrective actions.

    2. Not at all the same. You signed up for access to a rec center. The problem discussed here is a job. You know. Something that pays you money so you can pay your rent and buy food. Quitting a fitness center is not a major hardship. Losing or quitting your job is. If you have to find another rec center or exercise at home you do not risk losing anything. If you lose your job, that’s another matter all together.
      The behavior of this specific employer is inappropriate. By any measure. I can’t imagine even those who share his faith appreciate being bombarded with it all the time nor being pressured into contributing to the charities of his choice.

  10. Did this person know that the company had this kind of working environment before they hired on, or did the working environment change after they were hired on?

    1. Last time I checked Hostile work environment Laws it doesn’t matter the level of the Discriminated Against Person knowledge going in JUST THE BEHAVIOR of the Employer. Sorry that excuse won’t wash.

  11. The office was decorated with Judeo-Christian artwork and biblical posters.- So what? it is his place of business…

    Materials with evangelical messages and solicitations for donations to overtly evangelical charities were distributed to employees. – were you forced to give or discriminated against because you did not give?

    The break room had a TV that looped Christian movies all day long. – do not watch

    see where I am going with this.
    christians are constantly in places where the Lord name is taken in vain .
    as long as you can ignore it you have no case

    1. Replace “Christian” with “Muslim”. Or “atheist”. Somehow I think you have not quite as much sympathy if the job had wiccan posters up. Or solicited donations to the local atheist charity. Or had Muslim propaganda films on the TV all day.

    2. tell it – – I would think that the thing that goes over the line is the requirement to attend services and having to give to charities you wouldn’t want to give to just to keep your job.

    3. No, in order to do business in the United States, you cannot create an environment where in people feel that their livelyhoods will be endangered because of their religious beliefs or lack thereof. So, no, in that sense, it’s not his place of business to create a mini-church in, just like he has to follow laws about cleanliness and work hours, he cannot create a cult environment either.

  12. As a Bible believing Christian, I have been harassed on the job by atheists, other seculars, Roman Catholics, and homosexuals, and I have been slandered and victimized by false witnesses making up outrageous lies about me in order to give the boss an “excuse” to sack me.
    If you think anti Christian discrimination doesn’t happen in the US and Canada, you’re living in a candy coated dream world.

    1. How have you been harassed, particularly by Catholics? It is usually protestants with the smug arrogance and flagrant lie about “Trail of Blood” and such that leads them to harass Catholics.
      Anyway, if you have been genuinely antagonized, you should complain to your boss and then to local labor authority.

    2. Scott, what’s telling is that the way you word your comment makes it clear that you don’t consider Roman Catholics to be Christian. I suspect that it was that sort of bigoted judgmentalism on your part that triggers the negative reaction, as opposed to anti-Christian bigotry. If you come across as thinking that you’re above everyone else…guess what, people will respond negatively.

      1. Correct, Tom, Roman Catholics are not Christians. They worship a different god, have a different Jesus, and different Gospel, and a different way to salvation.
        I worked in an RC school for a while, and the teachers were mean, they got upset when I refused to worship Mary and pray with them, and when I tried to suggest some ideas about how to help the children learn better, they got upset. I just kept my mouth shut after that and didn’t say another word.
        Some of the parents of the kids who had never even met me started to invent lies and slander about me and the headmaster believed them and I was sacked.
        The whole spirit and air about the place was not peaceful or Godly, but had a very religious, oppressive feel to it.
        I’m glad I’m gone, actually.

        And to the haters and bigots who have answered me with their vitriol: you don’t know me or my situation. You’re just going by Hollywood stereotypes and shooting down strawmen. You’re null & void, and you can rail against me all you want….But when you stand before the Great Judge of the Universe, your BS and Political Correctness will only increase your punishment, not allay it.

    3. I have worked at over a dozen places in 3 states, in the Bible belt and out of it. Not once, ONCE have I seen discrimination against someone because they were Christians. Because they were complete and total a-holes who everyone wanted out the door just to make the place peaceful again? Absolutely! Because they were Christian? Nope. And I’ve worked with Muslims, Buddhists, the astonishing array of christianity, pagans, wiccans, atheists, agnostics, even a taoist or two. Oddly, no one was ever discriminated against because of their religion. Because of their personality, or occasionally hair color, sure.

    4. Scott, keep your book of tall tales and your holier than thou attitude out of the workplace. Are you insinuating homosexuality is a religion? You thump your foolishness in my face, I would call you an idiot and tell you to leave your crap at home.

    5. No,, I dont believe you. What you sound like is a small angry person, who blames all their troubles and issues on everyone else around them. Then you got fired, and I going to say many more than once.

    6. I’m pretty sure it wasn’t discrimination in your case, its disapproval of your attitude. Your comments are smugly moralistic, and intolerant of the opinions and behavior of others.
      You really need to beware of the connection between self-righteousness
      and hypocrisy. Your post betrays your feelings of moral superiority and a
      sense that you are of greater virtue than the average person.

  13. I worked for a company for a brief period that sounds a little like this; there was a moderate level of unofficial, and I believe unintentional, peer pressure. The owner regularly made religious references, so on, so forth. I could not really complain as I kind of knew this going in. Do not miss it.

  14. You want to run your workplace like a church, fine. Just don’t expect corporate tax status, and all the benefits that go along with incorporation by the state.

    1. Churches get the tax breaks, corporations pay. I have yet to find a “benefit” of being a company. I get to pay for my employees and pay more for me and pay for any other thing the state could possibly dream up to pull money out of my pocket. Running it like a church would be way easier, of course, I don’t agree with what they did either.

      1. Churches don’t get tax breaks; they get tax exemptions. The corporate form of business confers both tax benefits and limited liability upon the owners.

  15. For those who don’t consider this a hostile environment, imagine that you work there. Now, instead of Christian, replace it with Muslim traditions or Pagan traditions, or better yet, if you’re Catholic, replace it with Protestant practices and vice versa. You wouldn’t find that to be an uncomfortable and hostile place to work at all? Having to listen to prayers on the loudspeaker 5 times per day, etc.?

      1. Very easy to say in this economy. Maybe this employee is supporting a family, or just needs the job because the job market is tight. Religion doesn’t have to be everywhere. No one has the right to force their religion on others.

        1. Why does any person think that they are entitled to work where ever they want and demand an employer change their company to accommodate them?

          1. No. This is America. Employers do NOT have the option to force their religious views on their employees. And anybody who thinks they’d want it otherwise should go live in Afghanistan for a year, and then come back and tell us all how great it is.

          2. You are the idiot who thinks people have the right to work where ever they want and tell the owner how he has to run his business… you would do well in some backwater communism. Your analogy is garbage too. Afghanistan is a country with a STATE religion. This company is a PRIVATE company where the OWNER has OWNERSHIP. The difference is in Afghanistan they FORCE you to conform to their religious beliefs EVERYWHERE and in this PRIVATE company you are FREE to pick your shit up and go somewhere else. Why do you hate freedom so much?

          3. You clearly have never been a business owner. I am. I cannot by law, discriminate in any way against someone because of their religion, gender, race or disability. This includes promoting an environment that would cause them to fear persecution or the loss of their jobs. As an American, people DO have the right to seek the opportunity to work in whatever business they wish. No longer are employers allowed to post signs stating ” need not apply”, whether that blank be filled with Blacks, Irish or Jews. Let’s take religion out of it for a moment, as this applies across the board. If you were a black man and went to work for a company that promoted white supremacy and made you attend lectures on the “superior race” of white people, would you not consider that to be a hostile environment? Legally, employers may not do that. This is no different.

          4. Why would someone work for someone that hates them? Other than to instigate issues?

          5. Incidentally anybody who actually names himself “smarterthanlibs” is more than likely dumber than dirt.

      2. Would you say the same of a Muslim owned company that had Islamic services and supported a Jihad against all Christians Jews and non Muslims?

      3. Excuse me?

        Say you work in a small town in the south (which I would never be caught dead in, but, you get the idea). 99% of businesses are owned by hardcore Christian evangelicals, which is most likely true anyway. In order for someone to gain employment in this town, they must submit to having their employer’s religion forced on them. Is that what you support?

        I get it. Your goal is to cleanse America of all HERETICS, nonbelievers, gays, and strong women who don’t need men ordering them around and who marry at 16 and plop out an effing kid a year for Jesus. Right?

        Guess what? This is not solely your country. There are many like me who don’t hold with what the Christian Taliban wants to do to America, and we’re here to stay. So polish your guns for the civil war that’s coming, hon. Maybe you’ll see The Lawd sooner than you planned.

    1. Let me guess, during the job interview the person didn’t notice all the Christian items and lingo everywhere? That would be like a Christian saying they went to work at Out of the Closet thrift store in West Hollywood with the gay flag on the front, nothing but all homosexuals working there then later saying ‘it was a hostile work environment as it was all catered to homosexuals and they didn’t like the fact I was an evangelical’. Hey man, if they hired you and you saw what it was, both of you shut the whole in your face. Shame on both the employer and employee, gas hiring a match.

  16. Good for this person.. This company sounds like a bunch of wackdoodles and if he chose not to attend any of their their religious functions and was penalized for it then he should sue the crap out of them.. .

  17. Most any business I’m aware of gets a license through the Department of Consumer Affairs………………..if you want to do business with the public, unless you had a darn good reason not to serve everyone, like you’re a Church, then the Department of Consumers Affairs shouldn’t license them.

  18. None of this is in any way appropriate in a work environment, unless that job is at a church, or other church related entity where one knows ahead of time that religion is a requirement. Otherwise, this is insane. Btw, he can encourage them to quit, but he can’t fire or otherwise discipline them because it falls under discrimination. And yes, religious discrimination is not allowed.

      1. They would, yeah. Hence they should be vigorously opposed – for the sake of religious people too, even though they tend to be too miserably dense to understand why. But just wait until one type of Christian starts messing with another – the exact, precise situation we had in Europe for centuries, which is exactly, precisely why America was founded with separation of church and state.

        1. and that is exactly why you won’t find Separation of Church from State in the Constitution.

          1. Read the First Amendment, you imbecile. “Hetero Pride”…lol.

  19. You have the freedom to bow the knee to the Lord Jesus Christ – or die in your sins, bow to Him later, and be cast into the Lake of Fire. He has that right because JESUS CHRIST IS LORD OF LORDS!

    1. Let’s see. Jesus was a First Century Palestinian Jew, right? He was later executed by the Romans as a troublemaker, right? Now baring anything else that may have gone on, 1. he is not an American, he is a foreigner. You claim that he is a Lord, which makes him a foreign aristocrat, right? Taking those two points and your claim that people will have to bow down and kneel before him, you’ve just committed treason! I hope you were not in the military or an agent of the government because then on top of ordinary treason, you’ve violated your oath to uphold and defend the Constitution. Boy is your butt in a sling!

      1. You commit treason by breathing. Shuttup and look at all of the Presidents committing treason all over your precious constitution. Just shuttup

  20. If you don’t like something QUIT!! Find a job you LIKE. We all have rights. Your employer pays the bills. Just like when you live at home and put your feet under your parents table. They rule. You don’t agree? leave. Seems so simple to me. Live and let Live. Both sides.

  21. I worked in a hostile environment based on religion for many years. I was required to sign a paper saying I would be fired is I said anything about my Christian faith to anyone connected with my employment, on a 24 hour a day basis! And I was required to remove a small (less than six square inch) religious sign I had in mt bookcase. I would have been fired, except that I had an annoying habit of repeatedly telling my employer ways to save millions of dollars.

  22. “It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible.” ~ George Washington

    “The propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right, which heavenitself has ordained.” ~ George Washington

    “The rights of man come not from the generosity of the state but from the hand of God.” ~ John F. Kennedy

    “We recognize no sovereign but God, and no King but Jesus!” ~ John Adams

    “I am profitably engaged in reading the Bible. Take all of this Book upon reason that you can, and the balance by faith, and you will live and die a better man.” ~ Abraham Lincoln

    “A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

    1. Lovely quotes but you are mixing personal beliefs with the views of the government. Two very separate things, perhaps you should try it too.

  23. My husband was told he was not allowed to pray at work anymore. He was going through a hard time and he used to go into an empty stockroom and pray during his breaks. Apparently, just knowing that he was in there praying made someone uncomfortable because they complained. He was told he was not allowed to pray anymore while in the building. We are in PA, so workers have no rights here; but just so you know, discrimination goes both ways…

    1. Maybe his co-workers just got sick and tired of him disappearing and not doing his job. It wouldn’t have mattered if he gone from his work station to pray or smoke a cigarette.

  24. I simply would never consider working with company like that. Spiritual faith is private, while service to ones fellows is public. However, fundamentalist Christianity reverses these two, ensuring their faith is public, and their service private. Of course, not all Christians are hypocritical by a long shot, but the most vocal and alarming are these fundamentalist religions, where the more spiritually advanced teachings of Jesus are supplanted by the very primitive and superstitious beliefs of the old testament.

    1. I have heard of any so blatant like described. But McKee Foods is 7 Day Adventist. You go to work on Sunday and get Friday and Saturday off most of the time. No alcohol or tobacco allowed on premises. They don’t go so bad in the break room but no rock music or tv.

    1. No that’s just what the right-wing christians say to denigrate, but of course they’re just projecting. These are the same folks who accuse gays of recruiting while they hang the large, colorful banner for “Vacation Bible School” for 6 to 12 year olds on the front of their church.

  25. Christians are the most hate driven group known to man. Period. It’s time to teach them a lesson.. and we’re lucky, the Christians have been showing us for centuries how to persecute and oppress. Thanks Christians.. you provided the blueprint and we (the sane people) will use it to ruin your freedom at happiness.. just as you have done. so shut up and take your medicine, Jesus freaks. We are just following your lead on how to force our way into the lives of others. And before you Christian delusional ass wipes start quoting bible verses thinking you are somehow being “clever”.. your not. Your religion is BS, and quoting bible vesus just proves you are only capable of doing what you are told instead of thinking. It is pathetic.. and on the intellectual level of a toddler.

  26. If the employees are being forced to comply, then I have to agree that this is a hostile work environment. Be it Christian or anything else. Even though I am a Christian, what if they were Mormons? Or JW? No thanks!!

  27. If you feel so uncomfortable, don’t work there. Don’t go to an interview there. Don’t even put in an application there. Go away. Stay away. Don’t accept a job, fully aware of the work environment, then bellyache about it. They shouldn’t have to turn everything upside down to accommodate you nor anyone else. If the owners want to incorporate their faith into their business, that’s their prerogative . Save yourself the misery of being fired. If I were the owner, I wouldn’t hire you to begin with. The last thing any entrepreneur needs is a troublemaker, no matter how talented the latter might be. You have no right to torment and terrorize the owners with the threat of a lawsuit. Don’t let it be known how butt ugly you can get. Why is it that this whole tolerance/acceptance/inclusiveness thing is so one-sided? What is this contemptible double-standard, anyway. I’m a Catholic who would not apply for a job in a overtly Muslim, Hindu or Buddhist business but it’s not because I have anything against the people there. Use your common sense and research these places first. Give the owners that courtesy.

    1. You are describing a communist or facist place to live, you got bigger problems than this sweetie,,

    2. Thankfully the law disagrees with you. What you’re effectively saying is that a business owner should be allowed to refuse to hire someone who doesn’t have the same beliefs as he does – even though your faith doesn’t determine how good of an accountant you are or if you can program a computer. The difference is you’re trying to put it on the employee to make it easier for the owner. That type of hiring practice is illegal.

  28. I’m Christian and I wouldn’t want to work there.
    They could probably get away with all the posters and the movies and maybe even the prayers, but mandatory services and sermons, yep, that crosses the line.
    I attend services every Sunday and read scripture daily and pray several times a day, but I don’t want an employer forcing me to be their type of Christian or telling me when and how I should be worshiping.

  29. I worked for over 40 years. Not one time did my faith ever once came up . Faith an work have no place. If you can’t leave your faith at the door, can’t see how you got a employer to hire you in the first place.

  30. SO HOW DID THESE PEOPLE BECOME EMPLOYED,WEREN’T THEY INFORMED AND AWARE OF THE COMPANY AND THE ENVIRON BEFORE BEING HIRED???

  31. Unfortunately, I worked in a business that followed many of these overly religious work environments. This was over 30 years, in Contra Costa County in N. CA.

    The company was family owned, and the two sons were the onsite managers, and if I remember correctly (after all this time), there were other family members who worked doing the books etc.

    This was a small call center for a specific endeavor. We were NOT allowed to stand up from our chairs and stretch or move about.

    The work day began with a morning prayer in the employee lunchroom. If you had lunch at the same time as one of the managers, then a prayer was offered before the employees began eating.

    And the work day ended with a prayer.

    Also, on employee’s birthdays, part of the birthday gift (along with a cake), was (thankfully) a short five minute sermon on how to be a good employee and a good person.

    The managers also invited me to the church they attended without fail on a weekly basis.

    I’m an atheist, and I’ve been an atheist for almost 50 years. I needed the job, so I kept my mouth shut.

    When I finally found a BETTER job (with an improved salary) and have notice, indicating that I would work my two weeks before I started my new job, one of the managers chewed me out, and fired me on the spot.

    When I got home, the OTHER manager called me at home, and also yelled at me over the phone until I just hung up on the s.o.b.

  32. There is NO question that this would be a very hostile place to work. Multitude of issues anyone of them could cause the business to lose in court many 6 figure law suits.

    1. If they didn’t warn you, made you do things against your belief then yes you can have a gripe and maybe a suit coming.But I would never work at a place that made me go against my faith. Emails you can throw away and they can’t force you to their church or Christmas party. Pretty weak kneed if they do.

  33. Let’s put the shoe on the other foot here. My mother and sister worked at a call center where a gay man dressed as Wonder Woman for the Halloween party; they said it made them and everyone else in their department not only uncomfortable but frankly nauseous. Or the retail chain where I worked that had mandatory videos the employees had to sign off on that they’d watched that celebrated seemingly a month for every ethnic group under the Sun (except of course whites, Jews, and Christians)…including LGBT Month.

    A “hostile work environment” can be any situation where you are made to feel uncomfortable or which conflicts with your own personal beliefs and convictions…and that’s NOT a one-way street where it’s just people of non-religious or non Judeo-Christian faith who are affected. Articles such as this show only one side of a story; they don’t reflect the genuine, legitimate schism within our society of diametrically opposed, irreconcilable lifestyles and belief systems nearly so much as they propagandize in favor of a secular liberal agenda.

    I know it won’t happen (the powers that be won’t allow it), but we’d be far better off at this point if everyone had their own designated area to live, raise their kids, and believe/worship as they see fit without interference from anyone else, including the government.

    1. Atlantis huh. What is it with extreme right-wing nutbag fundamentalist Christian bigots and the concept of Atlantis? Just wondering off-topic. You guys really seem to be into it for some reason.

      Incidentally your vision of a partitioned America is SO in keeping with the values upon which this country was founded, I’m surprised you aren’t the president.

  34. If it’s a problem, you’d know it when you applied. If you accept to work there, it was your choice; no one forced you to participate.

    You know what I think is an abomination? The worst of all.
    Being forced to listen to overhead music or radios in ANY work environment.
    I was hired to do a job. Not be tormented by extraneous mental/spiritual/emotional aggravation.
    Being forced to listen to such stuff should NOT be a requirement for anyone’s job.
    And it is now so pervasive it’s take as a normal thing, and it is not normal.
    I even despise going shopping or eating out anymore. It’s forced on you wherever you go. Like some idiot with a cellphone, yap, yap, yap, yap…………..

    1. Then make a complaint as the radio being offensive. The company can now issue you a set of head phones to stop this obnoxious behavior.

      1. They won’t do that.
        And even in a hospital, departments like central service, pharmacy, have supervisors who like the noise, or condone it, since others like it, and you are the minority. Not to mention some Catholic hospitals have to blare overhead announcements everytime there’s a birth. Try working at Dillons, where you have to listen to their hideous overhead in-house-adio announcements and commercials all day long, or screeching divas while in the celery aisles. Or Wal-Mart. Or you can’t even get in the door at I-Hop without the music blasting you on outside speakers by the front door, plus inside as well.

    2. We have a small town about an hour north of where I live. In that town are 3 companies owned by the same people. These 3 companies are the bread and butter of that town, and supply the best jobs for that area without having to drive 20 – 90 minutes further. These 3 companies are adamant about pushing their religious views on their employees and once you’re there, it’s well known that if they find out you’re not Christian then they’ll find a way to fire you. It’s a constant barrage of prayers, threats of damnation, etc. in the workplace. If you don’t live in that town, don’t know people working there or are new to the area, you wouldn’t have a clue from interviewing with them. For the people in that town, and in nearby areas, it’s the best opportunity for a decent paying job. No one should be required to drive an extra hour per day to work because their faith is different. That’s just ridiculous.

  35. pray in your closet, not in my face. the amount of hypocrisy in people is really amazing. we live in a country with religious freedom, but that freedom is not supposed to extend so far as to limit the freedoms of others. that would just be more oppression.

    1. That would be following the teachings of Jesus, something modern day American Christians do not generally do. He taught prayer should be private, they want to force everyone to pray in public. He said don’t judge others, they judge everyone but themselves, He said take care of the poor, they refuse to allow the poor to be helped by our society.

  36. This definitely sounds like a hostile work environment. Religious zealots are pure evil.

    1. So are many overzealous atheist bastards such as Dawkins who says that it is cruel to allow a disabled person to live.

      1. You’re a flat-out liar. Why is it that “religious” people give themselves absolute free reign to lie through their teeth?

        1. Look up his statement on abortion and unborn children who doctors expect to have down syndrome.
          No lie

      2. Dawkins never said anything of the kind. You, like most evangelical Christians are pathological liars.

  37. Hell yes, I would consider this a hostile work environment. Hostile in the sense of it being for Christians first and only, and damn all the rest. This is propaganda on the level of zealotry.

  38. If Jesus was alive today, he would jump down off of that cross and whip these fake Christian hypocrites with a sheep stick.

  39. Keep religions out of the workplace. In my town, the courthouse, the hospital also does the same. they have religious pamphlets and bibles sitting around for people, and even the local churches goes to the schools and pass out bibles to the kids once a year. We really need to put restrictions on religions snaking themselves into our schools and the workplace. IMO, they all need to be taxed like everyone else is, because they are a business raking in billions per year.

    1. Then we will need to tax all non-profit organizations; and “billions per year?” Really? Do you know how many ministers and priests have second jobs because their job as a pastor does not pay the rent? A lot.

    2. As long as any group is allowed to place pamphlets on the table, legally they can do that – nothing is being pushed or forced on people. The Bible pass out at schools is another story. As a non-Christian parent, I’d be furious.

  40. Really, a job is about doing the work, not doing it in a “Christian”, “Islamic” or “Paganistic” way. Work is labor for a benefit, usually monetary. Religion is great, keep it in the church and out of the workplace

  41. There’s a reason why Christians are THIS insecure – because it’s all OBVIOUSLY a bunch of ridiculous nonsense, and even people who desperately want to believe it CAN’T quite bring themselves to believe it – so they think if they can only force everybody else to go along, and silence all dissent, then maybe it’ll seem truer. See radical Islam. These jihadist Talibani types are all the same regardless of the religion.

  42. This is NOT a hostile work environment. Why? Because you would know about this crap BEFORE you took the job. If it all changed AFTER you took the job then maybe. The owner is right though, if you don’t like how he runs his company… quit! Or better yet: you should have never taken the job in the first place. You are NOT entitled to work where ever you want.

    1. Touche. My fellow Americans, does this cretin describe an America you want to live in? Because he certainly isn’t describing America as it IS.

      1. You want to live in an America where an employee of yours gets to tell you how to run your company? Do you even understand how un-American this idea is? Ever own a company with employees? No? Well, when you grow up and do start a company I hope you have some asshatted shithead employee who thinks he can tell you how to run your business.

        1. You sound so…Christian…lol. NO, you CAN’T force your religion on your employees. If you try, prepare to have your pants sued off. Thanks.

    2. Actually you wouldn’t always know ahead of time. None of that changes the fact that legally, they can’t run a business like that. If you are made to feel unwelcome at your place of employment by the actions of the business because of your faith, gender or race, then it’s illegal. Before you support this any further, would you still feel the same if the owners were Muslim? What about Hindu? Wiccan – complete with mandatory rituals?

  43. I’m a right wing evangelical. At work I only talk about my faith when asked. I have worked at places that people know I’m a Christian so only ask the explosive questions they know will lead to an argument. One particular Good Friday people were really not working about 2 hours before leaving and just really horsing around. The discussion was what was everyone doing that evening, everything from getting drunk to getting high to getting a few pizzas and staying up to play World of Warcraft, one girl just got a new leash she couldn’t wait to try out in her favorite fetish club and was asking all the guys if they wanted to join her (except apparently the ugly dude that didn’t bathe regularly), etc. All this at a high volume. They ask me what I was going to do and I said ‘go to Good Friday service’. The responses? “You can’t talk about your f___ing religion here man!” Let’s see, what was another good one “Nobody wants to hear about your stupid f__ing God”. Oh yeah “Hey man, we don’t talk about religion at work, you know that”. I do remember saying “You guys can talk about getting high, cheating on your boyfriend, and most likely being used as a toilet…again…(that chick was nasty) but I can’t even mention going to church?”.
    That place sucked. Most people that worked there knew I was a Christian ‘goody two shoes’ or apparently ‘thinks I’m better than everyone else’ and asked questions about Christianity and as soon as I answered tried to report me. Rotten people. They never had a problem asking for gas money or lunch money because I gave and never asked for it back.

    1. Assuming this is generally true with only a little editorializing and dramatizing, yes, that does suck. I’m a total atheist and I can sympathize exactly, precisely because I’ve seen the same situation in reverse so many times. The fetish leash thing is just a little bit too cute though…don’t overplay your hand.

    2. OK, if that happened, then you should have complained if they reported you for answering a simple question. Personally, I don’t think I have ever known a company that would tolerate overt vulgar talk about BDSM in the office, only to reprimand a person for saying “I am going to a Good Friday service,” as a simple response to a question.
      I used to work for a Japanese company in the US, which had a largely Japanese mindset by way of the ex-pat Japanese management. Japan is as atheist as the US is Christian, probably more so. It is also notorious for having streamlined violence in sex (Japanese porn is known for containing large amounts of bondage) yet, the type of anti-Christian antagonism, combined with the blatant ‘sex talk,’ you described, would not be tolerated at all. So, I am curious what company this was, and why you did not report your mistreatment to management first, and if that did not work, to the local labor board.

    3. In other words – since it’s probably a safe assumption that you can’t understand irony or sarcasm – you’re a liar. But religious people tend to give themselves total permission to lie through their teeth if they feel it’s in service to their superstition.

      1. Sadly it did. I knew people would doubt when I posted it and I was prepared for that. Let me ask you this: do you believe in the EST fantasy called the Big Bang Theory?

    4. Sadly I wouldn’t be surprised if there were some truth to this tale, even though it sounds unlikely. People are stupid and unexpected things can be allowed to fly at the workplace (like the time I had a manager I barely knew, out of the blue, make the comment “I bet you’re hell on wheels in bed, the way you get so enthusiastic about things! That’s probably why your husband married you!” – excuse me, what?!) I’d be more curious what type of place this happened at. It sounds like an entry level place that hires a lot of older teens/younger people. You’d have had every right to file a formal complaint.

  44. I’m guessing it was not a high technology company. Fundy Christians don’t do science well.

  45. Attendance should not have been mandatory and attendees should not have been treated better than non attendees. Otherwise, it would have been perfectly fine. Authentic Christianity does not use force. It only uses logical and reasoned discussion to persuade people to repent of attitudes that are harmful and adopt attitudes that are beneficial to themselves and betters the life of everyone. It’s called the golden rule and it was the basis of the gospel Jesus preached. Matthew 19:16-26 and Mark 10:17-27.

    1. The golden rule is not based on beliefs in imaginary beings, myths and fairy tales. Trying to connect it to religion is and attempt to legitimize religion which is based on made up, supernatural, silly nonsense.

  46. I am a Christian, who understands that my faith is not directly related to my ability to produce a professional report or make sales quota. In that sense, being a Christian is no more important than being an Atlanta Falcons fan or New York Mets fan; pure irreverent coincidence.
    However, if someone asks me if I am a Christian, I will say “yes.” If there is time, and the person wants to know more, I will share, if he or she asks. I will do the same if the person asks why I might be an Atlanta Falcons or New York Mets fan.

    1. Right on. As an atheist I have no problem with any of this, and I would show you the same respect. No reason why we can’t get along, at all.

    2. What John Erickson said, and I would hope you’d extend the same courtesy to those of other faiths. Most non-Christians really don’t have an issue with people who are Christian as long as there’s respect (and that goes both ways). I take a couple classes at the local community college and one of my best friends there is Baptist. She is one of the youngest people to have been elected to a prestigious state council with the church and I honestly couldn’t be happier or more excited for her. On the other hand, we had a public fund raising event in March and she made it a point to show up to give her support. We both ask questions and there’s no offense taken. No reason people can’t get along despite differences. The problems start when one person (regardless of faith) is determined that they are right and will do everything they can to hound the other person while trying to prove it.

  47. I choose my relationship with our creator God above every thing else. He opens doors for me when one gets shut on me in life. Praise the Lord.

  48. If you knew the company was owned by religious crackpots, of course no one in their right mind would work there to begin with. If they start that crazy nonsense after you were working there for a while, then it’s right to sue

      1. Saw your post about a hostile work environment as regard, race, gender, and religion. You are right.

    1. But only if there are 50 employees or more. Under 50, business owners can do whatever the heck they want and their employees can’t sue. I used to work for a peach of a guy who would leave hardcore porn mags in the only bathroom. I pointed out to him that it was offensive and he had a snit but he did take them out.

      Hey, I was desperate for a job in an expensive city *shrug*

  49. Definetly would be a hostile environment if your not of that faith. However, people tend to claim hostility on far less. I’m all for getting the lawyers in cases like those bulleted points above contain, but the shyster who sues because someone put up some christmas decoration does the rest of them a disservice.

  50. I’ve never actually seen that sort of a workplace. I have, however, been refused employment advancement opportunities because of my beliefs, have been forced to choose between my religion or my work (hence why I clicked this article) and actually knew a woman who was fired because her religious beliefs forbade her from wearing a “Happy Fourth of July” pin on her uniform.

  51. Of course it’s hostile!!!! If you forced employees to dress like lord of the rings characters and hate on black people or midgets it wouldn’t even be a discussion. Fantasy dress up + prejudice should be hostile to any normal rational person even if you aren’t part of the group they hate on, and if it’s not hostile to you you are a terrible human being.

  52. I must have missed it. What kind of business was it? If it was a Christian book store… You took the wrong job. Why didn’t the employee notice these things during the interview? Was the interview conducted off-site? I don’t see this as a “hostile work environment”, but as a bad fit for the employee.
    I’ve worked at a place where swearing was the main means of verbal communication. They didn’t swear at me during the interview, but all bets were off once I started working there. I found a new job because the company-culture was not the way I wanted to live 40+ hours/week of my life. I also worked in a small team at a large company where the team was obsessed with pretty, youthful, hair/fingernails, name-brand fashions, and everything I consider shallow (and had nothing to do with my ability to do the job). I dress professionally and keep my hair and make-up neat, but I feel that shopping at designer stores is a waste of my money. Again, it was a bad fit for me. I have a new job. They like me the way that I am, they don’t swear at me, and I’m learning a lot (the kinds of things that really boost your resume). Sometimes, what isn’t a good fit for you personally, is just that, a personal situation… Not a company-wide conspiracy!

  53. When is ANY work being done with all the pontificating and soliciting for donations? Your boss SHOULD not demand/solicit contributions for charity.

  54. It didn’t say how this case was settled or tried at all. I’d say that this whole claim is contradicting itself bc it clearly states “Mandatory prayer meetings and religious events were scheduled during work hours” but then in the following statement it reads “Privileges were given to employees who CHOSE to attend and the company owner kept track of employees who CHOSE not to participate”. So it is obviously not mandatory if you have a choice. I find this headline to be so misleading, but that doesn’t surprise me. Just another trap from the enemy leading people to deviate from God and Truth. The enemy is the father of lies and so many have been easily deceived, it’s sad that he has twisted the minds of many into thinking that what is right and pure are anything but. Many Christians are persecuted believers, harassed, denied freedom of religion, Bibles​, imprisoned, killed and yet we will love and pray for our persecutors bc GOD exists through us and he is love! You can disagree and choose the wide road to ruin it is your choice. Freewill exists bc God wants people who need him and want him, everybody needs him but not everybody wants him. We will all have eternal life and you get to live forever with our heavenly Father if you accept Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord of your life. Or you can live independently rebellious of the way the truth and the word of God and spend eternity with the Prince of the air, the ruler of this world, who wanders around seeking to devour like a lion, in the fire and brimstone. Spoiler alert, Satan is already defeated and like a dead dog who can only move if you kick it. So I choose victory and thanks be to God who is triumphant and causes me to win. I choose blessings over despair, guidance and wisdom from the One who holds all in his hands. Far beyond my own understanding, his grace and mercy and love endures forever. I will trust in my mighty strong tower who knows all, protector, healer, mind regulator, miracle worker, teacher, Prince of peace, Jahovah, Yahweh, Ja, comforter, intercessor, Adonai, Elohim, El-Shaddai, Hosanna, Jehovah-M’Kaddesh, Jahovah-shalom, Jahovah-rophe, Jahovah-nissi. This name means “God our banner”. Under His banner we go from triumph to triumph and say, “Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 15:57,58) God Bless you all and may peace of the Lord be with you.

  55. Now bring it up to date and apply the same to places that allow overt muslim religious persuasion. I’ll bet the same decision wouldn’t be reached. The reality is that there is indeed a deep state conspiracy happening in our country. There was a brutal murder in cold blood recently by a muslim somalian who killed an unarmed woman in minneapolis. She had called 911 about a rape. Check it out and the cop had had similar complaints. They will never mix with Western culture.

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