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#102 Apr 04 2012 at 9:09 AM Rating: Good
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If your manager fired you a simple visit to the EEOC and you could get that company in a lot of trouble. I would wear it with pride and make sure to bring something to record the "discussion" your fellow employee's would have with you. Besides the hilarity that would ensue (I know I would get a kick out of hearing it) you would have evidence if you decide to talk to human resources about her behavior.
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#103 Apr 04 2012 at 2:07 PM Rating: Good
Well, I don't think I'd get fired for wearing the pendant so much, as for causing a disturbance by wearing it. Maybe I'm just being paranoid though. =x Still, I'd rather be on the safe side and not have to worry about getting dirty looks from customers who don't understand what a pentacle is, and think I'm a devil worshipper or something. Especially considering I'm gunning for a manager position that is opening up in July.
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#104 Apr 04 2012 at 2:30 PM Rating: Good
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PigtailsOfDoom wrote:
Well, I don't think I'd get fired for wearing the pendant so much, as for causing a disturbance by wearing it. Maybe I'm just being paranoid though. =x Still, I'd rather be on the safe side and not have to worry about getting dirty looks from customers who don't understand what a pentacle is, and think I'm a devil worshipper or something. Especially considering I'm gunning for a manager position that is opening up in July.


You still have the right to wear it, and they have no right to fire you for doing so. Unless they have a rule against religious iconography in general, you have complete legal protection to visibly wear your pentacle. And, even if they have such a rule, you still have a case as long as they aren't enforcing it for everyone.

It is, of course, up to you. Don't wear it just because some drama-lovers from the internet told you to. But you do have legal protection there.
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#105 Apr 04 2012 at 2:53 PM Rating: Good
I know I do, but thank you for the reminder regardless. =) I have been thinking of switching the chain to a longer one, so I can hide it underneath my shirt. That way I can wear it without the worry of how customers might react to it. I have work in about three hours, so I think I'll go take care of that now.
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#106 Apr 04 2012 at 2:56 PM Rating: Excellent
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idiggory, King of Bards wrote:
Unless they have a rule against religious iconography in general, you have complete legal protection to visibly wear your pentacle.
Not quite. You have the right to wear pretty much anything religious, and most companies will give you leeway in even allowing it to be exposed, but if it becomes a constant or big enough issue with customers, or your assigned job, then the company has the right to request for you to hide it or look for employment elsewhere unless you can prove that your wearing it visibly is a part of your religious belief, which requires proof other than personal preferences. There aren't any "must be seen" pieces of jewelery, which includes pentacles, crosses, rosaries, and Stars of David. It's especially true in retail. Yes, you can easily make the argument "But Betty Sue is wearing her cross visibly!" which, while it sounds like a legit point, you have to keep in mind the cross isn't causing issues with Betty Sue performing her job while causing as few waves as possible. Interestingly enough, a rule against religious iconography is against the law in many cases. So them saying "Hey, can you just tuck that in your shirt? You're getting a lot of complaints about it" is well within their legal rights, but saying you can't wear it at all is not.

Although most people don't know enough so you could probably scare them into believing it's your legal right to wear anything visibly. Not a chance I'd take, though. Risk Reward Ratio doesn't really favor you.
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#107 Apr 04 2012 at 3:02 PM Rating: Good
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That sounds like it's probably fair. I mostly hear about such cases with regards to things like head coverings, so you can't really hide them. Well, you could, but only by covering up even more...

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I don't think Jews are allowed to hide their Tzitzit, but I may be wrong about that.

Edited, Apr 4th 2012 5:09pm by idiggory
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#108 Apr 04 2012 at 3:25 PM Rating: Good
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There's two things about the tzitzit you have to keep in mind. One, that chances are people aren't really going to see or even notice them and/or know what they are so the chances of it causing a problem/complaints at the workplace is pretty low. Two, there's clear religious documentation requiring it to be exposed. I'm lazy and not looking it up, but I'm also pretty sure the tzitzit (and associated tallit) doesn't need to be worn 24/7, so just tucking them in for a workshift doesn't sound like an unreasonable request* you probably wouldn't be wearing it anyway. Similarly with head coverings. While some may cause certain issues, there is clear documentation stating the requirement.

* I got unlazy, and it looks like you wouldn't even wear it to work, really, unless you were Orthodox and at that point chances are you wouldn't be working somewhere that it would be an issue anyway. I'm not researching too deeply into it (because, frankly, I just don't care enough to and was curious), but what little I did see doesn't exactly show it as an item that must be seen 24/7.

Edited, Apr 4th 2012 5:27pm by lolgaxe
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#109 Apr 04 2012 at 3:35 PM Rating: Good
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I see. I was under the impression that both were required whenever outside the home. Guess not then. And you're right, I forgot about he documentation aspect.
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#110 Apr 04 2012 at 4:42 PM Rating: Excellent
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There aren't any "must be seen" pieces of jewelery, which includes pentacles, crosses, rosaries, and Stars of David.

Anyone wearing a rosary as jewelry deserves to get knuckle-cracked by a nun's ruler anyway.
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#111 Apr 09 2012 at 11:25 AM Rating: Good
Yeah, I would have to agree with that. Rosaries aren't jewelry, they're prayer accessories. Sort of.
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