If lay people don’t love their … faith enough to struggle for it in the public square, nothing the (religious leaders) do will finally matter.”
Archbishop Chaput, Archdiocese of Philadelphia
Facts About Religious Rights in the Workplace:
Lack of awareness of religious liberty in the workplace has led to violations of the lawful rights of citizens who merely want to peacefully live out their religious beliefs as they earn a living. Attorneys at the law firm, First Liberty, have compiled the following facts:
- The Supreme Court recognized, in 2014, that all Americans, including businessowners, have freedom of conscience rights to live and work according to their beliefs without the fear of government compelling them to violate their beliefs.
- Employers cannot discriminate on the basis of religion and have an affirmative duty to accommodate an employee’s religious practices in the workplace, unless this practice imposes undue hardship on the employer.
- Employers may run their businesses in accordance with their religious beliefs.An employer does not discriminate on the basis of religion by affirming the faith of its owners in business objectives. However, the employer may not give the perception that employees’ should acquiesce to these religious beliefs.
- Employers and employees may engage in religious speech in the workplace. Both may not engage in uninvited proselytizing. As with spoken religious speech, employers can share their religious beliefs with their employees in print form such as pamphlets, books, and newsletters.
- Employers and employees may have prayer meetings and bible studies in the workplace as long it is clear attendance is voluntary and not required.
- Employers may have employee training based on bible principles. However, employees cannot be required to undergo religious training, services, activities, or engage in behavior that would violate their own sincerely-held religious beliefs.