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Federal Judge Upholds Dismissal of Employee Who Posted Bible Verses Human Rights Campaign - WorkAlert Vol. 4 No. 9 BOISE, Idaho: A federal judge has ruled that an employer does not have to accommodate employees' religious beliefs if doing so would harass other workers, including gay workers. The ruling stems from a dispute involving Richard Peterson, a former Hewlett-Packard employee who was fired for insubordination after failing to take down biblical verses critical of homosexuality that he had displayed in his workspace. Peterson said his actions were in response to a company diversity initiative that featured posters that included gays along with other minorities. Peterson sued the company for religious discrimination under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Peterson argued that he was being singled out because the company allowed
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Unformatted text preview: other employees to post religious messages. He further argued that Hewlett-Packard failed to reasonably accommodate his religious beliefs. In an order issued June 1, Judge Larry Boyle found that the content of the biblical passages that other employees posted did not violate the company's anti-harassment policy because they were not critical of other workers or contrary to company rules. The judge also found that HP would have to endure an undue burden by letting Peterson continue. "To continue posting his Scriptures from the Old and New Testament critical of homosexuals, essentially requiring other HP employees who may have been offended by the practice to simply accept the practice, would be antithetical to the concept of reasonable accommodation," the judge wrote....
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