Evangelical Christians who wear, display, or push their religious beliefs in the workplace can be a problem. "Hostile workplace" generally refers to a form of sexual harassment, but many atheist workers experience another sort of hostile workplace. Express their feelings about religion, refuse to participate in prayer meetings, or turn down enough church invitations, and they can be ostracized, harassed, or even fired. Legal assistance is expensive, and religious discrimination in the workplace is not always easy to prove.
I have been in on meetings where applicants were passed over because they were judged as being insufficiently Christian by the decision makers. I've listened to more anti-atheist bigotry than I care to hear at work. I've endured countless conversations about the churches my co-workers attend and the importance of their religious faith. I used to hear from my ex-wife at least weekly about being subjected to proselyting, mandatory prayer meetings, and repeated unwelcome invitations to attend her boss' church.
My experiences are hardly unique. I may live in a particularly oppressive state, but there are reports all over the atheist blogosphere about what atheists are subjected to at work by their Christian co-workers and bosses. Here are just a few:
- Being outed at work
- Being fired
- Being subjected to disruptive proselytizing
- Receiving annoying Jesus e-mails
Have a horror story? I'd love to read it.
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