The Christian Law Association is often asked, "How far can I go in witnessing
at work?" To answer that question, CLA has developed some guidelines for
Christians who want to obey the great commission yet not offend their employers.
First, to preserve a good testimony to support their witnessing, "they should
always give full effort to their employer while on the job and discuss their
faith or read their Bibles on their own time," says CLA attorney David C.
Gibbs. "Employees are permitted to express sincere religious beliefs in the
workplace under limited circumstances. They must be careful, however, that
they do not run afoul of their employers when they are acting as agents for
the company." The essential rule here is: anytime an employee is directly
representing the employer to the public, his own religious views should not
be part of that representation unless the employer expressly permits it. This
includes distribution of literature, verbal witnessing, or religious displays.
The Civil Rights Act of 1964 makes it illegal to prohibit religious discussion
or references to religious worship or beliefs among employees at times when
they are permitted to engage in other types of non-business discussions.
Generally, employees are legally protected in wearing religious jewelry and
displaying religious symbols or Bibles on their desk private work areas.
However, in public areas where an employee deals directly with customers,
patients or clients, employers have a legal right to prohibit such displays.
CLA claims there is a marked increase in the number of cases they receive where
an employee's religious rights are under attack by an employer.
If you need more information or help concerning discrimination at work,
contact Christian Law Association at P.O.Box 4010, Seminole, FL 33775 or