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Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by jp3975, Jun 19, 2012.

  1. jp3975

    jp3975

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    Nothing will probably come from it, but my girlfriend just started work at a restaurant. The manager asked her about her religion today. My girlfriend said that she was agnostic and explained that she believed in a higher power of some sort but wasnt sure of anything. The boss laughed about it and went on the typical zealous ranting that some Christians do when faced with someone who doesnt see things as they do....asked her if she worshiped a statue and if she believed in the devil and not God. Things like that.

    So...should she do anything? If fired...just let it go or what?
     
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    Should she, do anything? Yeah, keep her mouth shut about religion and politics, especially at a new job!
     

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    Gregg702 Gold Member

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    If he starts treating her badly, she should start taking detailed notes of what he says and does to her. If he is creating a hostile work environment because of her beliefs, that is illegal discrimination.
     
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    Did she apply at Chic-fil-A?


    A personal and business philosophy based on biblical principles.

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    http://www.chick-fil-a.com/



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  5. jp3975

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    Pretty much my take on it...but her boss asked her. The only thing she could have done is lie or refuse to talk about it.

    I dont think its going to be an issue, but was curious what could be done about it if it was.

    What does one do after taking notes if theyre fired?
     
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    Nope. A Japanese chain.
     
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    10-32 Here, hold this

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    She needs to let the manager know that she's not comfortable and doesn't want any further discussion about religion at work. If that doesn't work, the manager has a boss too right? I'd take it there immediately the first time after I asked him to stop
     
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    "I don't feel comfortable talking about ___X___ subject at work." And leave it at that.



    File a claim with the local EEOC - Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
     
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    Yeah....all well & good, but what do you suggest after the employee declines to reply & the employer interprets that as "unfriendly" or "rude?"
     
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    See post #8a.
     
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    I agree with this. I would do the samething.
     
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    She should have answered that her religion is a private matter.
     
  13. NH Trucker

    NH Trucker Needs coffee...

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    If she ever has to explain her religion to any future employer, have her tell them that she has her beliefs, and they don't include drinking kool-aid to get to a mothership behind a comet, nor does it include strapping herself with explosives.
     
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    It's none of the managers gosh darn business what your girlfriend's religious views are. If he opens his yap about it again have your girlfriend contact HR or the big boss.
     
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    that's what I would do.

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    I don't think you're implying otherwise, but contrary to popular myth, Chik-fil-A employees Jews, gays, and other non-Christians.

    ??

    Chik-fil-A is a privately held American company.

    Maybe you meant Chik-fi-Ray. :supergrin:
     
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    eracer Where's my EBT?

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    Governments shouldn't regulate how private businesses choose to hire or treat their employees.

    Or so I've heard...:upeyes:
     
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    If she has ever talked about her religion before at work, mentioned it, then it is fair game until she says the "I'm not comfortable with talking" thing. An example would be a job interview. They can't technically ask about your marital status, but if you mention something about it like "My wife and I moved here last month" then that opens the employers up for questioning because you said it first.
     
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    I'd want to document it, somehow. Just in case. Later on it would be nice to be able to say "no, I'm not making this up because I got fired - see, I wrote this letter to him back in ..." If it's a big company, I'd definitely talk to the next higher manager or HR and put in writing that the manager insulted my religious beliefs and I'm worried that he intends to make up some reason to fire me because of it.
     
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