Meredith is a devout, evangelical Christian. She believes very deeply that she should tell everyone that she meets about her religion and that she should try to convert everyone that she meets to her religion. To accomplish those goals, Meredith tells everyone that she has contact with to "have a blessed day." Since Meredith is the receptionist at Big City Flooring Company, everyone who comes into the business is greeted by Meredith with "have a blessed day." Several customers of Big City Flooring Company have told Bill Big, the owner of Big City Flooring Company, that they are uncomfortable when Meredith tells them to "have a blessed day," and those customers have asked Bill Big if there is some way that they can continue to deal with Big City Flooring Company without having to encounter Meredith. Bill Big has told those customers that he will talk to Meredith.
Can Bill Big tell Meredith not to greet customers by saying "have a blessed day" or something similar? Will limiting Meredith's expression of her religious beliefs constitute religious discrimination in employment? What sort of accommodations does Bay City Flooring Company have to make for Meredith's religious beliefs?
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Yes, Bill big can tell Meredith not to greet customers by saying "have a blessed day" or something similar by gauging the actual disruption caused by such religious expression. Further, Bill Big can make efforts to make reasonable accommodation for Meredith to practice her religion freely in the workplace, such as providing private location for Meredith for prayers ...
Discusses a situation related to expression of religious beliefs and discrimination.
Discrimination and Oppression Case Study
Kevin goes to clean out his locker after he was fired from being a manager and returns his apron and gate pass so that he may receive his final paycheck. As he goes to his locker, he sees that someone has written on his locker in black pen, in capital letters: G.A.Y. Written under each of the corresponding capital letters is "got, AIDS, yet?" He is, of course, angered but not surprised. He opens his locker and finds that a pamphlet had been inserted through the locker's small vent opening. It is a religious pamphlet advertising an ex-gay ministry that says, "God loves a sinner. You can change and live a righteous life and avoid the flames of hell." It lists a phone number and goes on to say that homosexuality is the work of the devil and is a sin against God.
What should Kevin do, if anything, in this situation?
In what ways do culture and religion play into this scenario?
Why is there so much attention paid to Kevin and his personal life? Why does he stand out, and why is this a problem?
Are there any parallels or connections with Kevin's situation and other minority groups?