Should Anti-Gay Religious Practices Be Accommodated in the Workplace?
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Hewlett Packard fired an employee for refusing to remove a homophobic poster from his work space. The homophobe sued claiming religious discrimination.
From an article on Findlaw:
The case of Peterson v. Hewlett Packard Co. arose when, in an effort to increase tolerance at the workplace, Hewlett-Packard Co. ("HP") put up posters of African-American, Hispanic, Caucasian, elderly, and gay employees, with the caption "Diversity is Our Strength." Employee Richard Peterson found the poster of the gay man offensive to his religious views. In response, he put up a counter-poster with various Biblical passages condemning homosexuality. The poster, placed inside his cubicle, was visible to co-workers and clients.
HP repeatedly asked Peterson to take down the poster, but to no avail. After several failed attempts at arriving at a mutually satisfactory resolution of the conflict, HP ultimately fired Peterson. The firm argued that allowing an employee's visible, anti-gay messages to remain in place would unduly undermine its efforts to foster a diverse and tolerant workplace.
Peterson sued. He claimed that in requiring him to take down his poster, HP had violated the law against religious discrimination. ...
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