7 Things Every Business Person Should Know About Faith In the Workplace

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Amid growing hostility toward religion, more questions than ever before have arisen concerning what kinds of religious expression are allowed in the workplace—and to what extent. Adapted from a talk given by Liberty Institute General Counsel Jeff Mateer, here are seven things every business person should know about faith in the workplace.

1. You cannot discriminate on the basis of religion. This means religion cannot be used as a factor in hiring decisions, promotions, treating employees unequally, or harassment.

2. You do not lose your religious-liberty rights by engaging in business. The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in the Hobby Lobby case quashes the notion that Americans lose their religious rights by engaging in business. The case affirmed that all Americans—including business owners—have the rights to live and work according to their beliefs without fear of government compelling them to violate their beliefs. Perhaps most importantly, the Supreme Court ruled that courts are not permitted to question whether or not a religious belief is reasonable, meaning that your sincerely held religious beliefs are yours alone.

3. A business can be run on religious principles. An employer does not discriminate on the basis of religion by affirming the faith of its owners in business objectives, and business owners are not required to abandon their faith when setting principles and ethics for their company. A businessperson of faith is free to run his or her business according to the ethics they have learned via religious instruction.

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SOURCE: Charisma News, Liberty Institute

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