• Report: #478672
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  • Submitted: Tue, August 11, 2009
  • Updated: Wed, August 12, 2009

  • Reported By: DisgruntledInOhio — Columbus Ohio USA
2500 Alan Schwarzwalder Ave Columbus, Ohio United States of America
  • Phone: 6144975740
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  • Category: Religion

Siemens Fired for reporting religious and political harrassment on the job Columbus Ohio

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My son and I worked for Siemens via Superior Technical Resources from February of 2008 to November of 2008.  We were told that if our attendance and production was good, we would more than likely be hired as permanent employees.  My son had some health problems, including asthma and irritable bowel syndrome, which became somewhat of a problem from time to time. 

Despite these situations, he overcame his low production scores and exceeded their expectations.  Our supervisor, Dan, claimed to be a Christian and spoke openly with us about it.  We wore Christian t-shirts to work, which Dan said was fine, and we listened to Christian pop and rock artists, which Dan also approved. 

Dan told us that if the Muslims could listen to their music and have their prayer time, then we could wear our Christian t-shirts and listen to Christian musicians.  Our Lead, Ramahn, was a Muslim.  On a daily basis, he wanted to discuss politics and the Koran with me.  I obliged at first, but eventually told him I needed to get my work done, and then I finally had to report him to Dan, as my numbers were slipping.  Dan took Ramahn's side and pretty much told me to get back to work and not worry about it.

Then, people from first shift tried to say that we were pushing our way through the line at the time clock, and that we were always rude.  This was a lie.  We always said excuse me and sorry, and they weren't supposed to be lining up, anyhow, or at least that's what they told us at the end of the day.  So we started being early every day to solve that problem.

Over time, our coworkers became more and more obnoxious about politics.  They cornered my son in the back of the warehouse and demanded to know who he was going to vote for.  When I reported this, nothing was done about it, so I calmly confronted the bully who had led the confrontation, and I got in trouble for it.

Then, a man who worked in the warehouse office nearly ran us off the road at 90 mph on the way to and from work several days.  He also cut us off in the parking lot, nearly hitting us.  When I reported this, I was told that I had a hard time getting along with people.

As the Presidential Election drew closer, people began to become more and more agitated and more intimidating and obnoxious.  They began to yell at us in the break room and openly mock us in the parking lot.  One man followed us almost all the way home, riding our bumper. 

The next day, a sticker was stuck on our car that said "Obama Mama".  We calmly removed it and took it to a supervisor, who said he would look into it.

Two days later, we arrived at work only to overhear people talking about us at the preliminary meeting.  They said that we yelled at a black man in the break room and told him to shut up, and that we called somebody the 'N' word, both of which were lies.  We tried to defend ourselves but were promptly escorted outside and fired...........by Dan.

I cried and asked Dan why we were being fired.  My son just stood there in shock.

Dan said that the company felt that we were 'divisive'.  I asked him how we were divisive, was it our Christian t-shirts and music....and he said yes.

Now we are trying to apply for unemployment - now, almost a year after this incident, and we are being turned down for having a 'fight or argument with coworkers'.

I really feel that Siemens and Superior Technical Resources needs to pay for the political and religious persecution that my son and I had to go through.

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AUTHOR: ReactorCore - (Canada)

... two subjects I never talk about in the workplace are politics and religion. They're both employment poison.

They're also no one else's business. YOU chose you flaunt your religion in the face of others by wearing your t-shirts and listening to and/or promoting your Christian rock.

Believe it or not, people really can't be bothered with this crap. It's even worse when they feel they have to walk on eggshells simply because of your belief system that you choose to wear on your sleeve, lest you get all butthurt and make it into some sort of civil rights issue, and the thing is, no one is sure if you're the kind of person who would or not, so they have to err on the side of caution... There are more than a fair share of Fundie nutbars out there, after all.

Don't get me wrong, you can believe in whatever you wish. That's your right, but to go into an obviously mixed workplace environment, wearing items of clothing that scream your beliefs in place of your shrill voice, well, that's just asking for trouble. It doesn't matter what your supervisor (Dan) says or said, he cannot speak for all the people in the workplace and nor should he. All he can do is voice a "best guess" as to the atmosphere.

There are enough workplace woes in the job market without adding religion or politics  into the mix, and didn't it ever occur to you that your personal promotion of your beliefs may make others uncomfortable? And when it did, didn't it also occur to to perhaps tone your zeal down? If you kept flying in the face of other people's comfort zones, it's small wonder you got confronted, and doing so can be looked at as "divisive", since the staff are eventually going to choose sides over religious lines.

By all means, praise the Lord, go to church, do your "good works", but learn to be happy within yourself with these acts and refrain from rubbing other people's faces in them. A Christian who is good and real will understand this and adapt. If you have to have religious discussions, do so outside of the workplace, where it doesn't become an HR issue.

It's certainly your "right" to be a Christian. However, it's not your right to make people uncomfortable with that fact, anytime or anywhere.
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