Resources

Employment Law Resources
As more Pagans become public about their religious beliefs and practices, some may be concerned about how this might affect their
employment.  I have put together a short list of resources in regards to employment law.  Remember that laws do vary from state to state, so if you have any legal needs is a best to consult a local lawyer specializing in Employment Law.  For instance, most states are what HR professionals and lawyers refer to as “At-Will” states, which is an often misunderstood.  In legal terms, At-Will is “A common-law rule that an employment contract of indefinite duration can be terminated by either the employer or the employee at any time for any reason; also known as terminable at will.” This is often confused with the phrase “Right to Work State” which actually refers to unionization.  In an At-Will state, the employee does have some responsibility as well. For instance, an employer may discover that you are visiting websites about Paganism and terminate you for a violation of their policy against personal use of the internet.  Therefore, it is to a person’s advantage to work within the guidelines of the employee handbook and avoid situations that will be legally vague.  Be a good employee an don’t give a company a reason to fire you for cause.

Additional resources about Employment Law and religious discrimination
can be found here:

http://employeeissues.com/at_will_states.htm

http://www.hrhero.com/topics/religious_discrimination.html

http://www.eeoc.gov/facts/qanda.html

http://employment.findlaw.com/employment/employment-employee-discrimi…

http://www.adl.org/religious_freedom/resource_kit/religion_workplace.asp

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