The Arizona Daily Star has an interesting article about religious accommodations in the work place, and we thought it brought up some interesting questions about customer service. For example, recently in Minnesota a few Muslim cashiers at Target were unwilling to ring up pork products, causing a bit of dust up in the local media and resulting in the cashiers being reassigned to other duties. Walgreens policy allows pharmacists to refuse to fill certain prescriptions on religious grounds. From the Arizona Daily Star:
The law on this is Title VII of the U.S. Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits religious discrimination in the workplace. It requires employers to make “reasonable accommodations” for an employee’s religious beliefs — “reasonable” being anything that doesn’t create an “undue hardship” on the employer or on co-workers.
We think it’s great and wonderful and amazing that companies make these accommodations, but retailers should probably make sure there’s at least one friendly atheistic heathen-type cashier available at all times. Otherwise, at which register would we buy that gun that shoots pork-based birth control? —MEGHANN MARCO
Religion on the job: Legacy of Puritans resonates today [Arizona Daily Star]