Update: Debates Continue over The Workplace Religious Freedom Act

May 9, 2003

Source: Chicago Tribune


On May 9, 2003 the Chicago Tribune reported that a "broad coalition of religious groups is pushing a bill that would protect religious expression in the workplace, but civil liberties groups are concerned the bill could be used to increase on-the-job proselytizing... The Workplace Religious Freedom Act, introduced recently by Sen. Rick Santorum, (R-Pa.), and Sen. John Kerry, (D-Mass.), would force employers to 'reasonably accommodate' employees who want to wear religious articles or take time off for worship services... Current law mandates that employers allow such expression as long as it does not impose an 'undue hardship' on the company. Supporters, however, say a 1977 Supreme Court ruling gutted the law and has not protected employees' rights."