...In reality the conflict situations in corporate life are often caused by the "religious issue", a euphemistic expression used to designate claims made employees of the Muslim faith.
.... What are the specific cases discussed? "An employee refuses to shake hands with women because of his religious convictions"; "an employee asks to end work early because he is fasting"; "employees have prayer carpets in their lockers each day and without authorisation", etc.
.... "Undeniably, it's a problem that is growing," resumes Guy Trolliet, consultant on questions linked to religion in the enterprise and a specialist in the Arab-Muslim world.
"Although their scope is highly variable, the number of managers confronted with these questions is constantly increasing but the companies are very nervous about discussing the subject.
Some of them modify the figures, declare that everything is fine, a bit like the Observatoire de la laïcité [Observatory of Secularism] just did. Too many people don't want to admit the truth." [Islam versus Europe] Read more