Hi - I'm writing an article for the BBC News website on workplace discrimination against atheists. I have seen a few stories on this site about people who felt excluded by their co-workers or even lost their job after expressing their beliefs. I would like to talk to people who have been through such an experience. You can contact me directly - my email is brianwheelerbbc@gmail.com - or share your stories in this forum.

Brian Wheeler

BBC News, Washington


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I work in a medical residence. A family member of one the people I take care of introduced herself and immediately added "and I loooooooove Jesus!" i introduced myself without such a disclaimer. That was enough for her to tell the administrator that she felt uncomfortable with me caring for her father and that I was without compassion even though no one-- not ever her- had ever made a complaint based on anything I did. I now work on a different floor and I am not allowed to work in that wing.

@ Niall - Maybe you are better off not having a patient with a relative like that?

Niali, You are the victim of a Xianut troll.  You have my sympathy.  I have been 'defriended' by people I've known for forty plus years when they learned that I do not worship the late J.C. - if he did indeed ever exist.

There are those "friends" without whom one is better off in the end.

It's fine really. My new location is slightly easier and the staff are nice. No one there knows my beliefs- and before this job I was a Christian so no one really cared. It's fine I guess- I wish I had a better response than "Hello, my name is Niall" which is apparently the blasphemous answer

Why is also are we not putting any responsibility on the employer without a backbone?  I agree, the relative is a troll, but Niall currently works for a company who does not stand behind their people.  It is one thing for a person to rock the boat unnecessarily, but don't forget about the flip-flopping organization that accommodates the bad behavior.

For the first time in my life I have a job that completely accepts me for who I am and what I do and do not believe.  I have even posted my Pastafarian Certificate of Ordination in my classroom, framed.  My boss has needled me a little about it, but has not asked me to remove it.

I'm sure the original intent of this post is long past deadline, but the topic is still interesting.  My atheist views brought all sorts of problems my way for years.  I was judged by coworkers and bosses.  I was asked at least once a week, via email, to become christian.  I was treated with open and loud disrespect.  It was a losing battle to fight it, so I either had to deal with it or quit.  Then I got a new boss.  Not only is he athiest, he is very outspoken, intelligent, and respectful even when others are not.  He and I talk about all sorts of things, including religion and atheism, openly and often.  No one asks me to convert any more.  No one judges me for my lack of beliefs.  I no longer must cover up or downplay who I am.  I am grateful for the turn of events but still very concerned that it couldn't happen naturally without him. 

No I haven't been discriminated at work. My colleagues are all religious but among my bosses, one is atheist, some are believers but it is not an issue at work.

While I was in school, I and friends would go to the local Catholic church for their soup kitchen, as a way to streach our school loans. I noticed that there were religious tables, and non-religious tables of folks talking. Sometimes it was a free for all or conversations concerning religion, and free thought. Over the years, it became clear that many of the theists could be very irritating, coming over for their monologues, or monopolizing the conversations, a few times coming to blows. The church finally posted a open letter describing soup kitchen policy, ' no preaching or you will be evicted'. It did not stop the theists, but atleast it could be niped in the bud.


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