Kathy Lund Dean currently holds the Board of Trustees Distinguished Chair in Leadership and Ethics at Gustavus Adolphus College. She earned her Ph.D. in organizational behavior and ethics from Saint Louis University. For over fifteen years she has been active in the OBTS Teaching Society for Management Educators and the Academy of Management. Kathy serves as co-Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Management Education, the management discipline’s premier experiential learning journal. Outside of work, she is learning Spanish and serves on the board for lo*cal youth basketball programs. She also strategizes how to spend more time skiing and snowshoeing.
Why can't we all just get along? Title VII religious protections 50 years on
Fifty years ago, Title VII was enacted to protect American employees from the worst of workplace discrimination. In a post-September 11 environment, the religious discrimination that Title VII proscribed is a particular workplace challenge. Everyone is debating religious expression in the workplace. Kathy is very interested in countervailing rights—rights themselves in conflict. Sometimes exercising her right to practice her religion means she interferes with important rights for you: She may need you to change your schedule to accommodate her Sabbath observance. Who decides whose right should prevail? Why can’t we all just get along?
This presentation will describe research examining how American workers have responded to religious diversity in all types of organizations. Data from U.S. religious discrimination lawsuits over 15 years tells a story of persistent and intense reactions toward those who display certain religious practices. Fifty years after the 1964 Civil Rights Act, there is more legislation but evidence of more workplace religious discrimination rather than less. She will share who is garnering the worst of workplace behaviors, what they are experiencing, and will suggest explanations. She will also share evidence that although Title VII does not include sexual orientation, legal decisions have de facto protected gay employees. The Talk will end with solutions mitigating religious discriminatory behaviors for employees and managers alike.
The research engages by sharing workplace experiences that anyone can understand and may have even endured. Kathy hopes to empower others to take ownership over and learn how to stop religious discrimination and negativity.
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