The case highlights the issue of religion at the place of employment.


The case highlights the issue of religion at the place ofemployment. It is apparent that more people have demonstrated adesire to freely express their religious beliefs at work. There aremany ways in which people communicate their religious beliefs. Forinstance, an employee may dress in a manner that aligns to dressingallowed in their religion as is the case with Mahoney Burroughs, oran employer may implement rules in line with their spiritual belieslike banning Sunday as a work day, illustrated by David Green.

To better demonstrate how religion can affect work, the case employstwo organizations approach in incorporating religion at the place ofemployment. The organizations highlight the employer in addition tothe employees’ view on religion at work. The case begins with anemployer’s view on the need to have religious beliefs ingrained inthe organizational practices. David Green is the CEO of Hobby Lobby.The organization is privately owned and Green has included hisreligious beliefs in Hobby Lobby’s business practice. These beliefsinclude not opening the store on Sundays and advertisements offeringopen communication to individuals interested in learning about Jesus.The company faces the challenge of adhering to the 2010 AffordableCare Act, which is deems is contrary to their values. The case alsohighlights religious discrimination in AutoZone. After MahoneyBurroughs becomes a member of the Sikh religion, he expresses hisspiritual beliefs at work via his dressing. This differs to expecteddressing code at AutoZone, resulting in discrimination and eventuallytermination of his employment.

By reading the case, important issues concerning religion and workarise. They include the role of spirituality in the workplace, andwhether organizations need to follow several modes of religiousexpression.