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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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Proselytizing in the Public-Sector Workplace

Proselytizing in the Public-Sector Workplace

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(p.130) 11 Proselytizing in the Public-Sector Workplace
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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/9780801449543.003.0012

This chapter examines how the courts have addressed proselytizing in public sector workplaces. Employer intervention in the attempts by one or more employees to convert coworkers or proselytize customers or clients has become more common as members of fundamentalist, evangelical, and other religious groups have become more emboldened to persuade coworkers and others to accept their religious beliefs and practices. This chapter considers the conflict that may arise between employers and employees when the latter assert their right to proselytize, citing the First Amendment's free exercise and establishment clauses. It also explains who between the employer or the employee prevails in such conflicts by discussing a number of court cases, such as those involving Franklin Baz, Phillip Bishop, John Peloza, Jo Ann Knight, Eugene Lumpkin, and Monte Tucker. Finally, it asks whether there are circumstances that allow employee proselytization in public sector workplaces.

Keywords:   proselytizing, public sector workplace, employees, religious beliefs, First Amendment, free exercise clause, establishment clause, court cases, Franklin Baz, employers

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