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Religion at Work: Employment Law Meets Faith

When: September 15, 2020
12:00 pm
Where: Virtual, via Zoom
Winston-Salem, North Carolina 
United States
Presenter: Kenneth P. Carlson, Jr.

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About the Workshop


Religion in the workplace is one of the most complex issues facing employers today.  Whether under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the United States Constitution or any applicable state law, the dynamics of religious expression and accommodation by employees at work can be intricate and challenging at best.


This workshop will examine various legal issues involving religion at work, including at least the following:  religious discrimination, harassment, accommodation and freedom of speech; the different standards applicable to public versus private employers; what constitutes religious “speech” and the extent it might be restricted at work compared with other forms of expression; whether an employer can require, sponsor or allow religious activities; and numerous other practical concerns involving religious expression by employees and employers.  In addition, we’ll explore recent court developments such as the “ministerial exception” to employment discrimination laws, and whether and to what extent a private employer might not comply with certain non-discrimination laws based on its religious affiliation.


The workshop will primarily help you:

  • Recognize issues involving religion in the workplace.
  • Address those issues in a non-discriminatory manner.
  • Improve the sense of civility and respect among your employees that should exist with a diversity of religious beliefs.


About the Speaker


Ken Carlson is a partner with Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, one of the nation’s oldest labor and employment defense firms with offices in 16 states.  Ken is a senior litigator, mediator and arbitrator whose practice is concentrated in virtually every aspect of employment law.  He is consistently named to Business North Carolina’s annual “Legal Elite”, to the list of North Carolina “Super Lawyers,” and to the Best Lawyers in America for labor & employment law and/or alternative dispute resolution.  Ken is also a Fellow with the American Bar Foundation, and an adjunct professor at the Wake Forest University School of Law where he teaches courses in negotiation and trade secrets/unfair competition, and for many years also taught trial practice and advanced trial practice.


Ken is a frequent speaker at continuing legal education seminars and corporate training sessions, and has published numerous articles through the years on various employment law topics.  Perhaps especially relevant to today’s workshop, he holds a Master of Divinity degree from Yale University in addition to a B.A. in English from UNC-Chapel Hill, and a J.D. degree from the Wake Forest University School of Law.


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