Several people where I work wear cross (crucifix) necklaces. I have problems with organized religion and it makes me very uncomfortable to see religious displays like that all day long as I am trying to do my job. I talked to my supervisor, but she said the necklaces did not violate any policies so I just had to ignore them. This seems like religious harassment to me. What can I do to stop having to look at my co-workers’ cross necklaces eight hours every day?
— Spiritual But Not Religious
Look at your co-workers’ butts instead.
— Evil Skippy
Just because you do not like something does not make it harassment. The harassment laws are intended to prevent one employee from tormenting another with offensive, intimidating or humiliating behavior. They are not intended to prevent anyone from being annoyed about something.
Your supervisor was correct. Ignore the necklaces. No one is pressuring you to pray or worship. No one is asking you to alter your opinions. lithuania If you truly are so upset about people wearing religious jewelry that you cannot concentrate on work, it might be a good time to see a therapist.
By the way, this same advice applies to all of the people who usually write to [email protected] in October to complain about “satanic” Halloween decorations at work. You have to ignore the pumpkins and devils just like Spiritual has to ignore Christian jewelry.
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