"Handling the Minefield of Religion and Politics in the Workplace"

Date: 23-Feb-2012
Capacity: Not Set (0% booked)


 February 2012 DLA Workshop

"Handling the Minefield of Religion and Politics in the Workplace"

Facilitator: Allison West

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Phoenix College

Osborne Site South (OSS Building) | Dome Conference Room (Link to Campus Map)

1202 W Thomas Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85013

8:00am - 12:00 Noon


Best Suggested Parking: The North Parking Lot is located near 11th Ave/Flower Street. (Link to Campus Map)

This workshop will explore the following:

Everyone knows you are not supposed to discuss taboo subjects in the workplace such as religion and politics. Unfortunately, just turn on the radio or TV and you can’t seem to escape these topics in this very heated election year. 

So, what can an employer do?  Is there a risk to allowing political discussions that are intertwined with religious viewpoints? Remember, Supervisors are human and have their own religious and political beliefs.  What if those beliefs negatively impact the terms and conditions of employment based on an employee’s religious beliefs or political affiliation? Are you permitted to monitor or even restrict religious or political discussions? If you do allow these discussions are you at risk for potential religious or political discrimination claims? Add to the mix religious accommodation issues such as prayer time, not working Saturdays and religious dress and now you see the need to come to this provocative and interactive training.

Allison West

Allison West has a simple approach to employment practices: be proactive.  In 2000, after practicing law at a San Francisco labor and employment boutique, Allison started Employment Practices Specialists and uses her employment law background, coupled with sound knowledge of human resource practices, and advises employers in preventing and resolving employment claims. She is a frequent top rated-speaker on employment law and human resources topics at national and local human resources, diversity and industry conferences.   

Allison specializes in delivering customized in-house training programs to companies of all sizes, serving a variety of industries. Her expertise also includes conducting workplace investigations; delivering one-on-one sensitivity training to executives, managers and employees concerning harassment, discrimination, and disciplinary and/or behavioral issues, providing expert witness assistance, and other HR consulting.  

Allison is a member of the State Bar of California and holds a Senior Professional in Human Resources certification


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