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Recent Developments in Kansas Regarding Employment Practices

A federal court in Kansas ruled that an employer committed unlawful religious discrimination by dismissing two employees for engaging in religious speech with customers.

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Key point. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits covered employers from discriminating against employees on the basis of religion. This means that employers must attempt to "accommodate" the religious practices of employees, so long as they can do so without suffering any undue hardship.

A federal court in Kansas ruled that an employer committed unlawful religious discrimination by dismissing two employees for engaging in religious speech with customers. Service America Corporation operates a cafeteria at a General Motors automobile manufacturing plant. Customers walk in, order their meals, receive prompt service, and pay for their meals. Service America's policy has been to train food service workers to greet customers in an appropriate and friendly fashion by saying things such as "Hello. What can I get for you today?" Two employees (the "plaintiffs") hired in 1994 ...

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  • March 2, 1998

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