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Religious Activity of Employees

Court ruling favors employee in religious discrimination suit.

Key point. Employees do not have an unlimited right to engage in religious activities during the course of their employment. On the other hand, employers cannot prohibit all religious expression by their employees.

A federal appeals court addressed the important question of the extent to which employees can engage in religious activities during the course of their employment. A county government employed a conservative Christian as director of its data processing department. The county launched an internal investigation into the director's religious activities following a number of complaints by other employees. The investigation revealed that (1) the director had his secretary type Bible study notes for him; (2) several employees said prayers in the director's office on a number of occasions prior to the start of the workday; (3) several employees said prayers in the director's office ...

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  • September 1, 1996

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