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Religion in the Workplace


Dear Brother Ron

I work in human resources and sometimes visit a forum for human resources professionals as a source for needed information. The other day, a member posted a question asking if it would be acceptable to put a cross on a newsletter wishing the employees a Happy Easter.

My response was that she should not because she wouldn't want to give off the impression that the company promotes one single religion over others. I received tons of responses from "HR professionals" who were outraged stating that they should not be "forced to be politically correct" simply in order to avoid offended a minority group (non-Christians) within their organizations.

I was utterly surprised at such a response from a group of so-called professionals on the subject of religion in the workplace. Why is it that religion seems to be the only topic that makes rational, professional people completely biased and unreasonable?

Christy


Dear Christy

Federal law prohibits discrimination in the workplace based on religious beliefs. By placing the symbol of a particular belief system in an official company publication, the company implies preference of that belief system. This would open the company up to lawsuits claiming discrimination. The plaintiffs might not win that lawsuit but the litigation costs and negative publicity would damage the company's finances and reputation.

It's not a matter of being politically correct. It's a matter of safeguarding the company's finances and reputation and promoting a congenial workplace. I would think that human resources professionals would understand this.

Best always
Brother Ron