Religious discrimination: Charity should not have begun at work

by on March 5, 2010 · 10 Comments POSTED IN: HR Cafe
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Strong-arming employees into donating to causes they’re not wild about is delicate at best. At worst, it can cost an employer big bucks.

That’s what happened to a non-profit employer in Newark, NJ. This community organization required that employees donate to a school run by a Roman Catholic parish.

One employee asked to be excused from the requirement, which he said offended his religious conscience as a Muslim. In response, the employer fired him, the EEOC charged in a religious discrimination lawsuit on his behalf.

The employer ended up settling the suit for $25,000.

Best bet: If you encourage people to make charitable contributions, make sure everyone understands that giving is purely voluntary. And suggest a range of beneficiaries, rather than designating just one.

Cite: EEOC v. New Community Corp.

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10 Comments on This Post

  1. Krikorman
    June 29, 2010 - 5:17 pm

    What employer was this? This makes absolutely no sense that an employer would have made this a requirement. Is this legit?

  2. Krikorman
    June 29, 2010 - 5:17 pm

    What employer was this? This makes absolutely no sense that an employer would have made this a requirement. Is this legit?

  3. Krikorman
    June 29, 2010 - 1:17 pm

    What employer was this? This makes absolutely no sense that an employer would have made this a requirement. Is this legit?

  4. Anonymous
    June 29, 2010 - 6:23 pm

    EEOC vs New Community Corporation: http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/newsroom/release/1-27-10.cfm

  5. Anonymous
    June 29, 2010 - 6:23 pm

    EEOC vs New Community Corporation: http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/newsroom/release/1-27-10.cfm

  6. Joe Wahlberg
    June 29, 2010 - 6:26 pm

    EEOC vs New Community Corporation: http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/newsroom/release/1-27-10.cfm

  7. Joe Wahlberg
    June 29, 2010 - 6:26 pm

    EEOC vs New Community Corporation: http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/newsroom/release/1-27-10.cfm

  8. Joe Wahlberg
    June 29, 2010 - 2:26 pm

    EEOC vs New Community Corporation: http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/newsroom/release/1-27-

  9. Joe Wahlberg
    June 29, 2010 - 2:26 pm

    EEOC vs New Community Corporation: http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/newsroom/release/1-27-

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