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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
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?
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