Friday, June 16, 2017

Alliance Defending Freedom: A Guide to Faith in the Workplace

LeTourneau University's Center for Faith and Work equips believers to integrate their Christian faith and their professional lives, just as our late university founder, R.G. LeTourneau, did during his lifetime.  

As part of that mission, the CFW has partnered with Alliance Defending Freedom, the foremost defender of Christian liberty, to provide an important resource for Christian business owners to know their legal rights when it comes to exercising faith in the workplace. This resource is An Employer's Guide to Faith in the Workplace: Legal Protections for Christians Who Own a Business. You can access this 44-page document here

As an alliance-building legal organization advocating for Christian business owners, ADF exists to provide legal defense for religious liberty, the sanctity of life, and marriage and family. This free guide helps business professionals, and all Christians in the workplace, understand what the law says about our religious liberty and how to legally incorporate Christian principles and practices in the workplace.    

ADF works with over 3,000 allied attorneys and partners with more than 300 allied organizations with a success record of 80% of their legal cases. ADF attorneys have played a role in 47 U.S. Supreme Court victories.

The guidebook provides help with practical questions such as "Can I share the Gospel with my employees?" and "Can I hold regular prayer meetings or chapel services for my employees?" and "What are sexual orientation, gender identity (SOGI) laws?"

The guide provides a section on general workplace policies; personnel decisions including hiring, firing and religious accommodations; providing company benefits; and guidance for specific businesses with products or services that considered expressive in nature. The guide also explains hiring insights for businesses that can claim Christianity as a bona fide occupational qualification (BFOQ).

The guide is not a replacement for specific legal advice, but does provide insights and assurances for business owners and for the rest of us about living our faith outside the walls of the church or home and in the public marketplace on how to protect our rights and the rights of employees in an increasingly hostile political environment.

As Christians, our faith informs all of our everyday interactions. God's word challenges us "...whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God" (1 Corinthians 10:31). 

The purpose of this LETU-ADF publication is to give business professionals confidence as they seek to run their business for the glory of God. It is a complicated charge in our pluralistic society but one we seek to be faithful in meeting.