Holidays at Work: Culturally Competent or Offensive? What You SHOULD Know

Is your company culturally competent during the holidays? Ensure employees' festivities don't lead to discrimination lawsuits.

While seasonal festivities and office holiday parties are common this time of year, companies continue to grapple with the most appropriate way to include everyone. As the workplace becomes increasingly diverse, how can companies ensure their employees' year-end festivities don't offend—or lead to discrimination charges—while maintaining the importance of religious holidays to those who celebrate them?


DiversityInc has compiled a collection of best practices from religiously inclusive workplaces and data from the DiversityInc Top 50 to help your company navigate the cultural competence and legalities of religion in the workplace.

Ask DiversityInc: How Does Your Company Handle Religious Holidays?

When allowing employees to celebrate the holidays with tasteful decorations and celebrations, how do organizations make sure that those who don't celebrate are not offended?

Best Practices on Religiously Inclusive Workplaces

Employers must provide "reasonable accommodations" for employees' religious practices, per Title VII. But what exactly does that mean?

Laws on Religion, Dress & the Workplace

What's permissible and what's not? We spell out the legal precedents for you.

Ask the White Guy: My Managers Are 95% White, Christian–Do I Have a Chance?

What can a person do if they're in a company where the in-crowd goes to a certain church?

Ask DiversityInc: How Can Diversity Management Measure Religious Inclusion?

Can religion be represented/highlighted as a primary diversity metric in an overall assessment?

Ask the White Guy: What About Religious Expression?

How much religious expression in the workplace is acceptable? CEO Luke Visconti discusses the difference between proselytizing and religious expression.

Ask the White Guy: Are Traditional Christian Values Part of Diversity?

Does diversity management mean ignoring those who hold traditional Christian values?

Religious Faith Linked to Suicidal Behavior in LGBQ Adults

Although religiosity is generally tied to reduced suicide risk, the opposite may be true for some young lesbian, gay and questioning adults.

(Reuters ) — Although religiosity is generally tied to reduced suicide risk, the opposite may be true for some young lesbian, gay and questioning adults, researchers say.

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NYPD Sued for Forcing Muslim Women to Remove Headscarves in Arrest Photos

The lawsuit added that another officer had openly mocked the Muslim faith.

(Reuters) — Two Muslim American women and a non-profit group on Friday sued the New York City Police Department for forcing Muslim women and others to remove their hijabs or other religious head coverings in post-arrest photographs.

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U.S. Government To Shield Health Workers under 'Religious Freedom'

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said on Thursday it will create a division within its Office of Civil Rights to give it "the focus it needs to more vigorously and effectively enforce existing laws protecting the rights of conscience and religious freedom."

(Reuters) — The U.S. government is seeking to further protect the "conscience and religious freedom" of health workers whose beliefs prevent them from carrying out abortions and other procedures, in an effort likely to please conservative Christian activists and other supporters of President Donald Trump.

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U.S. Holiday Sales Set to Break Records in Surprise Boon to Retail

Stakes are particularly high this year for traditional retailers that have invested heavily in technology and free delivery and returns.

REUTERS

(Reuters) — The U.S. holiday shopping season is on track to break sales records on the back of surging consumer confidence and increased use of mobile devices, presenting an unexpected boon for retailers and the delivery companies they rely on.

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1 in 3 Adults to Avoid Talking Politics over Holiday Season

The poll found that a majority of Americans consider politics to be among their least favorite topics to discuss in mixed company over the holidays.

(Reuters) — Americans will sit down this holiday season for what has become a holiday tradition in the United States: tiptoeing through a family dinner without mentioning the president.

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Southern Baptists Condemn 'Alt-Right White Supremacy'

The resolution was initially shot down, causing an uproar among younger evangelicals.

First Baptist Church in Charleston, S.C.

The Southern Baptist Convention officially condemned "alt-right white supremacy" on Wednesday — a day after an original resolution was shot down.

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