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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Bill Big can tell Meredith not to greet customers by saying "have a blessed day" or something similar. Title VII does not compel employers to accommodate employees' religious expression that could reasonably be perceived by patrons as an expression of the employer's views (See: Anderson v. U.S.F. Logistics (IMC), Inc., 274 F.3d 470, 476 (7th Cir. 2001)). Also since several customers of Big City Flooring Company have told Bill Big, the owner of Big ...
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