Posts Tagged ‘religion’

Religious Accomodation

April 1st, 2013

Q: I have a new hygienist who has advised me that she is a Muslim and has requested that I provide her time twice a day to pray. She has also started wearing a head scarf. These requests did not come up in the interview. I am not crazy about the headscarf and I don’t see why I should have to adjust her schedule to let her pray. Can I require her to stop wearing the head scarf; I think it makes my patients uncomfortable? Do I have to allow her time to pray, we run a tight schedule and I don’t think it is fair to allow her this time when I do not allow others?

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Christian Practice

March 18th, 2013

Q: I just joined a practice as an associate. It is a well run and highly respected practice. I was told during the interview process by the doctor that he is a Christian and that he operates a Christian practice. I too am Christian and thought that this would be a good thing. In reality, there are some things that occur that make me a bit uncomfortable. For example, we have a morning huddle and before it begins we say a prayer. I also discovered all the support staff attends the owner’s church. I am the first employee who does not attend this church. This often makes me feel like the odd man out.

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