Religion Work Memo

To: My Boss
Re: Sandra Andrews   “What religion are you - I mean, explain what are your religious beliefs?”
The answer to the question of why we are unable to address religious beliefs during the interview process can be obtained through our review and understanding of the current statutes that govern employment laws.   According to the Department of Labor (DOL), under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII), federal agencies are prohibited from discriminating against employees or applicants for employment because of their religious beliefs. This includes the process of hiring, firing and other terms and conditions of employment. Additionally, Title VII requires federal agencies to reasonably accommodate the religious beliefs or practices of employees or applicants unless doing so would impose an undue hardship upon the agency.   The governing officials known as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), defines religion as any theistic beliefs (i.e. those that include a belief in God) as well as non-theistic moral or ethical beliefs about right and wrong that are sincerely held with the strength of traditional religious views.
In most cases, whether or not a practice or belief is religious is not an issue. However, generally, religion typically concerns "ultimate ideas" about "life, purpose and death," and does not include any social, political and/or economic philosophies or mere personal preferences.   It is against the law for any employer to discriminate any individual based on their religious stance and employers must respect each applicant and employee with sincere and meaningful religious beliefs and must make a reasonable effort to accommodate their practices.   I will stress again that these accommodations should be made only to the point that it does not cause undue hardship to the company.
If you have any question or concerns or require further details in regards to these laws, please feel free to contact me....