Religion in the Workplace: 5 Devilish Employer Mistakes


According to a recent study, organized religion is being "driven to extinction" from nine countries, including Canada, Ireland, the Czech Republic, and Switzerland. Although the United States is not on the list, studies here have also shown an increase in the number of people who call themselves "unaffiliated."

Meanwhile, American workplaces continue to struggle with the issue of religious discrimination and accommodation, and it's by no means all related to Muslims and Seventh-Day Adventists. The Evil HR Lady posted this week a question from an atheist who was worried that his involvement in an atheist organization during college (see? there's even "organized un-religion"!) might hurt his efforts to find a job.

In my own corner of the world (North Carolina), the toughest religious accommodation issues I've ever faced had to do with devout Baptists wanting to be off on Sunday mornings so that they could go to church. The reason? I'll tell you at the end of this post, but here is a clue: North Carolina is a heavily Baptist state.

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