The Civil Rights Act Of 1964 Essay

1258 Words Oct 7th, 2015 null Page
Today’s workforce is becoming more diversified in ethnicity, language, and religion. Religion plays an important role in the values people hold, but many would prefer it didn 't not have a place in their work environment. The United States has over 1,500 recognized religions making it the most religiously diverse country in the world. Organizations are asked to offer policies which accommodate religious beliefs while maintaining a neutral, productive atmosphere. There has been a 96% increase in religious-based discrimination claims from 2000 to 2010 (Ghumman 2013). In 2014 alone, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission received 3,549 charges of religious discrimination (Overview of Employment Litigation 2014). This will require human resource professionals to demonstrate greater sensitivity, tolerance, and understanding of various religious beliefs.
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
 All citizens have the right to express their religious beliefs and practice, or not practice, whichever religion they would like according to the First Amendment. Title VII defines religion as “all aspects of religious observance and practice, as well as belief” (42 U.S.C. § 2000e-(j)). Employees do not have to belong to an organized religious sect to have their religious beliefs protected by the statute. Most religious bias problems occur when employees seek to observe their Sabbaths, or other religious holidays, Title VII’s ban on religious discrimination applies to all conduct…

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