FREEDOM OF RELIGION

Difficulties in Dealing with Religious Harassment
Eemployers that receive complaints of religious harassment have a serious dilemma on their hands: restrict the expression of religious belief and risk a discrimination lawsuit by the...

Establishment Clause
The Establishment Clause of the US Constitution states taht Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion ... The Establishment Clause has generally come to mean...

FREEDOM FROM RELIGIOUS DISCRIMINATION
A law or governmental decision which operates to discriminate against a religion--including a non-traditional religion--violates the Equal Protection and Non-Establishment Clauses. See Larson...

Principles to Follow By Employers Respecting Religion
There are a number of items an employer needs to consider when facing an allegation of religious harassment. First, when an employee complains that another employee’s religious speech or activity...

Religion in the workplace
Sherbert v. Verner, 374 U.S. 398 (1963) - Court rules that the violation of the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment demands a strict scrutiny. Adell Sherbert, a Seventh-day Adventist,...

Religious Expression on the Job
Religious Expression In Private Work Areas. Employees should be permitted to engage in private religious expression in personal work areas not regularly open to the public to the same extent...

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM RESTORATION ACT (RFRA)
Under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), 42 U.S.C. 2000bb (1993), a person who alleges that his or her rights of free exercise of religion have been violated may assert that violation as...

Religious Harassment
Although religious harassment resembles sexual and other forms of illegal harassment in some ways, it is unique in at least one critical respect. Unlike sexual harassment, the act that may...

Religious Tests to Hold Public Office
In Torcaso v. Watkins, 367 U.S. 488 (1961) - Court holds that the state of Maryland can not require applicants for public office to swear that they believed in the existence of God. The...

Source of the Right to Free Exercise of Religion
The First Amendment to the United States Constitution guarantees the free exercise of religion and ensures that the federal government will comply with the non-establishment principle. The...

Substance of Free Exercise of Religion
Free exercise of religion is protected throughout the United States if the belief is sincerely held and is a religious belief of any kind. The belief or practice need not be part of an...





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