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Encountering Religion in the WorkplaceThe Legal Rights and Responsibilities of Workers and Employers$
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Raymond F. Gregory

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780801449543

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801449543.001.0001

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Is There a Place for Religion in the Workplace?

Is There a Place for Religion in the Workplace?

(p.9) 1 Is There a Place for Religion in the Workplace?
Encountering Religion in the Workplace

Raymond F. Gregory

Cornell University Press

This chapter considers whether religion has a place in the American workplace. It is often argued that the presence of religion in the office and other work areas creates conflict and division and that employers and employees would be far better off if it were barred from the work environs. While religion in the workplace may be disruptive and divisive, the question is whether it should it be prohibited. This chapter provides a historical background on the presence of religion in the American workplace, with particular emphasis on forces that have introduced religion to the workplace such as the Social Gospel Movement and the Faith at Work Movement. It also examines the conflict caused by the introduction of religion to the workplace, especially the one involving Christians who are motivated by their religious beliefs to spread the faith among their fellow workers.

Keywords:   religion, employers, employees, religion in the workplace, Social Gospel Movement, Faith at Work Movement, Christians

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