At our company, we allow employees to display Christmas cards that they receive from clients. A few clients send very religious cards. What should I do if an employee complains of religious harassment because of the display?
Put on a jingle bell bracelet and slap the dolt. The pretty ringing sound as palm meets face will make it a festive holiday occasion.
— Evil Skippy
Unless your company is doing something to force religion or a religious practice upon employees, the fact that a few religious holiday cards are on display is not grounds for a harassment claim. While it is certainly possible that the mere sight of a Hallmark card depicting the Virgin Mary holding Baby Jesus could offend a non-Christian, a reasonable non-Christian would not be offended. (The same holds true for other holidays’ religious cards, such as Hanukkah — no reasonable non-Jew would be offended at the mere sight. Please note again the word reasonable.)
Take a deep breath and stop worrying about something that might not happen since the “War on Christmas” is not a real thing. The Washington Post even said so today. If someone does complain about the cards, you will figure out how to handle it. It makes no sense to waste time and energy worrying so much in advance about a mere possibility.
Ho ho ho and all that stuff.
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