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1 Follow us on: Religious Expression in the Workplace Fostering Respect in a Diverse Workplace June 27, 2013

2 Human Resources June 27, 2013 | Page 2  The Law/Policy  Public versus Personal Space  Respect Key Points - Religious Expression

3 Human Resources June 27, 2013 | Page 3  Title VII of the Civil Rights Act requires employers to:  Provide a workplace free from religious discrimination (including harassment)  Provide reasonable accommodation for employee’s sincerely held religious beliefs unless doing so would impose an undue hardship The Law - Religious Expression

4 Human Resources June 27, 2013 | Page 4  System Regulation , Civil Rights Compliance  University Rule M1, Civil Rights Compliance The Law-Religious Expression

5 Human Resources June 27, 2013 | Page 5  Not hiring an otherwise qualified applicant because of religious beliefs.  Deny a promotion to a qualified employee because the supervisor wants to give a preference based on religion to another employee.  Terminating an employee because they told their supervisor that they had converted to “______”. Examples of Discrimination Based on Religion

6 Human Resources June 27, 2013 | Page 6  Requiring an employee to abandon, alter or adopt a religious practice as a condition of employment  Subjecting an employee to unwelcome statements or conduct that is based on religion to the point that they find the work environment hostile and abusive Examples of Harassment Based on Religion

7 Human Resources June 27, 2013 | Page 7  Any adjustment to the work environment that will allow the employee to practice their religion unless doing so would pose an undue hardship.  Changes in work schedule  Exceptions to dress code and appearance policy Reasonable Accommodations- Religious Expression

8 Human Resources June 27, 2013 | Page 8  Public Spaces  Religious symbols should not be displayed in public spaces  Could be viewed as University support for that religion  Holiday displays Public versus Personal Spaces

9 Human Resources June 27, 2013 | Page 9  Personal Workspaces  Religious symbols may be displayed in personal workspaces  Other considerations Public versus Personal Spaces

10 Human Resources June 27, 2013 | Page 10 “People may not remember what you say People may not remember what you do But they never forget how you made them feel.” - Maya Angelou Golden Rule: Treat others as you would like to be treated. Respect

11 Human Resources June 27, 2013 | Page 11 1.Understand the law and policy 2.Know the difference between public and personal workspaces 3.It’s all about respect Final Thoughts

12 Human Resources June 27, 2013 | Page 12 Tom Owen Director, HR Policy & Practice Review How may we help you?

13 (979)   Follow us on: Our goal is to inspire you to reach your full potential.


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