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Religious Discrimination in the Workplace: The Islamic Religion

Introduction
Globalization effects  September 11, 2001  Religious freedom 

The Islamic Religion about work
“Whoever goes to bed exhausted because of hard work, he has thereby caused his sins to be absolved” (Ali, 2010)  Islam treats work as an obligatory activity  Quran gives work a spiritual meaning. 

Religion in the workplace
“Work plays a fundamental role in the life of the individual” (Sharabi, 2012)  The workplace community  “Religion is one diversity categorization, with a significant impact on workers” (Laila, Arlise, Terrie, 2012) 

Religion Discrimination and the Civil Rights Act of 1964
Signed by congress in 1964  “Proscribes discrimination in employment and endeavors to achieve true equality” (Gregory, 2011)  The intent of the law is to secure religious freedom. 

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964…
Prohibits workplace discrimination based on:
     Religion National origin Race Color Sex

Religious Discrimination…
• • Involves treating a person (an applicant or employee) unfavorably because of his or her religious beliefs. The law protects not only people who belong to traditional, organized religions, such as Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism, but also others who have sincerely held religious, ethical or moral beliefs.

• Religious discrimination can also involve treating someone differently because that person is married to (or associated with) an individual of a particular religion or because of his or her connection with a religious organization or group.

Religious Discrimination & Work Situations

The law forbids discrimination when it comes to any aspect of employment, including hiring, firing, pay, job assignments, promotions, layoff, training, fringe benefits, and any other term or condition of employment.

The U.S. EEOC…
Is responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate...
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