Employer May Not Impose Family Religion on Employees

Not even where it is a religion invented by one of the employer-entity’s family members.  In a case that sounds like an elaborate April Fools Day prank, the EEOC sued an employer for forcing employees to take part in religious activities related to a religion founded by one of the employer’s family members, called “Onionhead.”  According to the EEOC Complaint, employees were told to wear Onionhead buttons, pull Onionhead cards to place near their work stations and keep only dim lighting in the workplace.  Employees who opposed taking part in Onionhead or did not participate fully were terminated.  Regardless of whether the Onionhead religion turns out to be a fiction, the EEOC’s lawsuit is a good reminder that Title VII prohibits employers from coercing employees to take part in religious activities. http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/newsroom/release/6-11-14.cfm

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