Accommodating religion in the workplace

by  |  07-May-2020 19:43

Once you’re protected, strive to embrace policies that are accommodating, sensitive, and respectful of employees’ beliefs.

The Celestica Class Action As the number of Muslims employed by U. companies has increased, issues relating to workplace accommodations of employees have become more complicated.

In 2009, a group of practicing Muslims at Celestica Corporation's Arden Hills, Minnesota, facility filed a class action claim alleging that their employer failed to accommodate their duty to pray five times each day.

Ramadan, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, and Christmas all occur at the end of the calendar year—not to mention Las Posadas, Three King's Day and Winter Solstice! It's not just because of the legislation, or the legal implications.

Employers, HR professionals and managers struggle with how to celebrate these holidays, recognize the diversity of religious beliefs and practices, and consider the issues of non-religious employees who do not partake in these holidays. A Gallup poll states that 90% of American adults say that religion is either very important or fairly important in their lives. Charges of religious discrimination in the workplace have risen 43% since 1990. It's also because it'll make your workplace more productive.

A reasonable proposal is one that does not cost anything and does not cause undue hardship. Offering to do something for your workgroup beyond what's required is one way to demonstrate you have the company's best interests at heart.

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