Can An Employer Force You to Practice New Age?

woman at deskTM asks: “What do you do when your employer is into New Age stuff and may want you to use it with the people you work with?”

Your e-mail does not define the “New Age stuff” this employer is forcing you to use, but if it is against your religious beliefs, your employer may be violating rights guaranteed to you under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

According to the Anti-Defamation League, Title VII “prohibits employers, except religious organizations from discriminating against individuals because of their religion in hiring, firing, and other terms and conditions of employment. Title VII also requires employers to reasonably accommodate the religious practices of an employee or prospective employee, unless to do so would create an undue hardship upon the employer.”

This means that:

1.Employers may not treat employees more or less favorably because of their religion.

2.Employees cannot be required to participate “or to refrain from participating “in a religious activity as a condition of employment.

3.Employers must reasonably accommodate employees’ sincerely held religious practices unless doing so would impose an undue hardship on the employer.

4.Employers must take steps to prevent religious harassment of their employees.

5.Employers may not retaliate against employees for asserting rights under Title VII

If you feel that any of your rights are being violated, this is a serious matter and I strongly encourage you to consult with an attorney who can advise you on the best course of action to take to protect both your employment and your rights!

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