Bosses’ License to Discriminate: Now and Then
Picking up where Leila left off, let’s look at how far bosses’ take their license to discriminate. Consider a world in which our boss decides whether our decisions are morally or religiously “clean” enough for him. You may think this is a thing of the past or that employers only have objections to covering birth control in health insurance. The following are real life examples of bosses exercising their “religious freedom”—can you guess the years in which they happened?
Here are the answers:*
(a) 2012 (b) 2012 (c) 1990 (d) all 2012 (e) 1986
If you didn’t score very well, don’t be too hard on yourself—be shocked. The current 30+ lawsuits are not just about birth control. They are about our bosses demanding the freedom to judge our decisions—to be a working woman; to marry or not marry; or how and when to have children.
* For more on each of these:
(a) Hamilton v. Southland Christian School (11th Cir. 2012)
(b) The policy of Union County Savings Bank, New Jersey, reported October 2012
(c) Dole v. Shenandoah Baptist Church (4th Cir. 1990)
(d) Herx v. Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend Inc. (filed in N.D. Ind. 2012); Jane Doe filed a complaint with the EEOC in September, 2012; Dias v. Archdiocese of Cincinnati (S.D. Ohio 2012)
(e) EEOC v. Fremont Christian School (9th Cir. 1986)
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