More than a third of American workers say they have seen or personally experienced problems with religion not being properly accommodated in the workplace, a newly released survey finds.
The survey, conducted on behalf of the secular Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding, found that the most commonly reported problems included being required to work on a religious holiday or attending company events that didn't include kosher, halal or vegetarian meals.
Nearly half of religious workers who were not Christian said they had experienced or witnessed such problems. The survey showed that nearly half of white evangelicals responded similarly. Atheists were also likely to report problems accommodating religion at work, with 40% saying they saw or experienced it at their jobs.
Less than half of workers surveyed said that their workplaces offered flexible hours to accommodate prayer or other kinds of religious observance, and even fewer -- 21% -- said their employer had a policy to let people “swap holidays” so that they could avoid working on days important to their religion.