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segunda-feira, 28 de outubro de 2013

Religious-discrimination claims rise

Employee claims of religious discrimination have climbed as the US and workers' expressions of faith have grown more diverse, exposing the complexities of managing religion on the job. Companies big and small are being affected by the complex intermixing of work and faith. The trend toward a seven-day workweek sometimes treads on the Sabbath. Religious garb and grooming clash with dress codes. Job duties that intersect with changing public policies-for instance, issuing a marriage license to a gay couple-test some workers' adherence to their religious beliefs. The claims workers file with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission can be surprisingly wide ranging. One recent EEOC lawsuit based on a worker claim involves a trucking company with Muslim drivers who objected to delivering alcohol because of their Islamic faith. Another suit, filed last month, involves biometric hand-scanning technology: An evangelical Christian employee at a mine opposed the scanning based on a Bible passage stating that the antichrist will force people to receive his mark on their hand or forehead. Experts on religion and the law attribute the rising conflict to immigration, a more open discussion of religion and workers' growing assertiveness. Diversity combines with "an increasing willingness of people to raise an issue" when, for instance, they believe an employer won't let them practice their religion. www.migalhas.com Copyright 2013 - Migalhas International

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