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"We know that faith is important to us as business owners.

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For as many people as there are on Earth, there are as many answers to the question: Are you there, God?"It has been mostly ignored in the workplace (compared to race, ethnicity and gender.) But, increasingly people are talking about it and now they are starting to do something about it." Faith-work connection Why it has taken so long for faith to be recognized as something employees can bring to the workplace is a mystery.Religion and disability hold the distinction of being the only areas employers must accommodate under the 1964 Civil Rights Act, meaning they must ensure that the disabled can perform their assignments and workers can observe their faith.This is where I am meant to be." His current employer is affiliated with Catholic Health Initiatives.Thompson said the culture of his new job is a stark difference from his previous employer, where he never felt like he was progressing.Dubenksy said 9/11 was a turning point that put a bright light on religious discrimination against Muslims in the workplace.

As a result of the complaints, awareness by employees and employers of religious rights in the workplace took hold and has grown ever since.

"She wore (the head covering for Muslim women) and she didn’t want to go to a workplace where she wouldn’t feel welcome." Dubensky likes to tell that story to underscore a point her organization stresses when training companies and organizations on embracing diversity: Accommodating the religious needs of a workforce can boost morale and the bottom line. She cited research by Diversity Inc that found 78 percent of the organization's Top 50 diversified companies now offer floating religious holidays to employees compared with 42 percent nine years ago, and 70 percent provide prayer rooms today compared with 32 percent eight years ago.

"She said that she found out the company had a reputation that is was not hijab-friendly," Joyce Dubensky, CEO of the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding, recalled from her discussion with the executives.

Thompson had been searching for new employment for about a year.

After his interview with Franciscan Health System, a series of events — from the job offer to selling his old house in Utah to moving his expectant wife and 3-year-old son into another home in Washington — took place so quickly and smoothly that he is now certain prayers were answered and divine intervention was at play.

And based on surveys by the Pew Research Center and Gallup showing 77 percent to 79 percent of Americans identify with a faith tradition, there are a lot of religious people in the workplace.