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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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Religious Discrimination and the Civil Rights Act of 1964

Religious Discrimination and the Civil Rights Act of 1964

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(p.27) 3 Religious Discrimination and the Civil Rights Act of 1964
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Encountering Religion in the Workplace
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Raymond F. Gregory

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Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801449543.003.0004

This chapter examines the provisions of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that provide workers with basic protections against acts of religious discrimination. Title VII prohibits religious discrimination based on race, sex, or national origin. It obligates an employer to eliminate all religious discriminatory animus from employment decisions involving the hiring, promotion, layoff, transfer, discipline, job assignment, compensation, discharge, and other working conditions of its employees. This chapter first considers the employer's obligation to its workers regarding religious discrimination before explaining how a worker alleging religious discrimination may establish a Title VII claim. It then considers a number of relevant court cases, including the ones involving Wallace Weiss, Paul Rosen, and Wamiq Sattar. It also discusses religious discrimination claims based on a “hostile work environment”.

Keywords:   religious discrimination, Title VII, Civil Rights Act of 1964, court cases, Wallace Weiss, Paul Rosen, Wamiq Sattar, hostile work environment

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