Join Gustavus alumni, parents, and friends for this Gustavus Passion for Lifelong Learning event. Dr. Kathy Lund Dean, Board of Trustees Distinguished Chair in Leadership and Ethics in the Department of Economics and Management, is the featured speaker on Thursday, March 20, at the American Swedish Institute (2600 Park Ave, Minneapolis). Registration and a reception is at 6:30 p.m. and the lecture will begin promptly at 7 p.m. Since coming to Gustavus, Kathy has grown increasingly involved in both the Gustavus and St. Peter community and is now considered one of the favorite professors in the Department of Economics and Management.
The spirituality and religion in the workplace (SRW) movement emerged in the mid-1990s as employees no longer wanted to separate their “work selves” from their “non-work selves.” Employees expect to be able to express their religious and spiritual values in the workplace, testing the limits of religious accommodation and anti-discrimination protections afforded by federal law (Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964). With much more diversity of religious beliefs in the United States, SRW disputes are now the fastest growing type of discrimination complaint among all of the Title VII protections—growing faster than complaints about race, ethnic background, and gender discrimination.
What happens when SRW expressions clash? Whose “right” is right? Drawing on almost 12 years of Title VII SRW litigation at the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals level, we’ll explore what types of behaviors are most likely to get organizations in legal hot water and what demographic groups have been most affected by SRW disputes. Because litigation tends to foreshadow changes in law, we’ll also talk about expectations of how anti-discrimination law will change going forward.