Do I have any rights? I want them to stfu
Grimstad wrote:My first thought is leave the "mandatory meeting" as soon as the preaching starts. If they threaten any action for doing so, let them know you will have no choice but to contact the EEOC or some other organization designed to protect your workplace rights. It's one thing to have these little prayer meetings, it's quite another to force you to attend.
sennekuyl wrote:Whistle-blower seems reasonable, though you may need to think whether they may deduce it was you who did so.
Dawn wrote:I have been told by co-workers that I should not complain at a higher level because I would be punished in some way or most likely targeted at the next lay off. I have survived previous lay offs and really need my job. Unemployment is high here and I have been looking for other possibilities, but so far nothing.
z8000783 wrote:So you could suggest that the MOST effective course for everybody would be to revert to the excellent process of a minute’s silence which will allow all staff to reflect on the past week and all who have died during that time. Then to silently use whichever process is most effective for them including praying to whichever God is appropriate if they wish to. This will then enable them to build upon their own inner strength in readiness for the coming week in a way that suits them best.
AlohaChris wrote:Dawn wrote:I have been told by co-workers that I should not complain at a higher level because I would be punished in some way or most likely targeted at the next lay off. I have survived previous lay offs and really need my job. Unemployment is high here and I have been looking for other possibilities, but so far nothing.
This is exactly what will happen if you complain. It's wrong & awful, but it's up to you how much you want your job. The EEOC thing sounds great on paper, but it would take a year or more for you to prevail in court (and it's not certain that you'd prevail). In the mean time, you'll be out of a job.
What do you do for the hospice program?
Grimstad wrote:It's unfortunate but that's the way it works. Someone in the workplace puts you in a position where you have to decide between your job and your sanity. It's not your choice, it's not your making, but you have to deal with it. I've been lucky in my life because I've always been in a position to just tell them to fuck off and go find another job. Thats no longer the case.
Grace wrote:Dawn, Hospice is supposed to offer comfort to the dying. Please ask your boss how they can provide comfort to people who happen to be Atheists if they cram religion down their throats? Never make this an issue about you. Always make them think you are being a strong advocate for patients/clients who are different and not being treated fairly.
Spearthrower wrote:I know nothing about the protection of rights within the workplace in the USA, so I can offer no advice, just registering my support for you to be able to do your job without being proselytised at.
If you have any Muslim, Buddhist, or other religious co-workers, you might suggest that they ask to be allowed to deliver homilies in this meeting. If they are refused, then there's a definite case to be made. If accepted, it will be funny to watch the Christian fundies wriggling while listening to some other religious dogma being forced down their throats. Perhaps you could also ask to give a secular homily, and wax lyrical about the nature of co-operation as an evolved strategy.
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