The Jehovah’s Witness Employee’s practice of “shunning” (treating people as if they are already dead) persons who have resigned from or who were disfellowshiped (excommunicated) from the WatchTower religion can result in extremely embarrassing situations, with lingering results, in the foreseeable situation where a Jehovah’s Witness Employee must service a customer or cooperate with a co-worker who is a former Jehovah’s Witness. There are a handful of anecdotal stories posted on discussion boards, etc. in which former JWs relate their being shunned by a JW Employee while shopping at supermarkets, “Mart” stores, etc. JW Employees have no legal right to shun customers or co-workers while performing their duties as an employee, and when reported doing so, practically every Employer will respond positively to complaints from customers or co-workers.
NO BLOOD TRANSFUSIONS!!!
The Jehovah’s Witness Employee’s practice of refusing to permit medically necessary blood transfusions for not only themselves, but also their spouse and children, can result in the employer paying higher Workers Compensation or Life & Health insurance premiums, and maybe even having their policies nonrenewed, in the foreseeable situation where a Jehovah’s Witness Employee suffers blood loss in a work-related injury, or where the Employee’s spouse or children suffer blood loss, and then what would normally be a survivable scenario turns into a fatality.
CONFIDENTIALITY RULES IGNORED!!!
The Jehovah’s Witness Employee’s religious requirement to report any fellow Jehovah’s Witness who is violating or has violated WatchTower rules can result in extremely serious legal consequences for an employer in the foreseeable situation where a Jehovah’s Witness Employee who has job-related access to confidential medical, legal, business, or personal records discovers that a fellow Jehovah’s Witness has done something prohibited by the Watch Tower Society, and the JW Employee then discloses that confidential information to WatchTower leaders. Because this Jehovah’s Witness practice may lead to employers being sued by the aggrieved Jehovah’s Witness, this WatchTower practice has been addressed in newspaper articles, and articles published in magazines such as the American Bar Association’s ABA Journal, the insurance industry magazine, Business Insurance, and the health care industry magazine, Medical Economics.
AMERICAN FLAG & LOYALTY OATHS
The Jehovah’s Witness Employee’s beliefs that the American Flag is a “false idol”, and that saluting the Flag or reciting the Pledge are acts of “worship”, can result in extremely embarrassing situations, with lingering results, in the foreseeable situation where a Jehovah’s Witness Employee is approached by co-workers distributing American Flag stickers, lapel pins, or other similar patriotic items around the Independence Day holiday, or especially during emotional times of patriotic fervor like post-9/11. The Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society also teaches Jehovah’s Witnesses that all human governments, including the United States of America, are active partners with Satan in his rebellion against GOD. Thus, Jehovah’s Witnesses refuse to engage in any patriotic acts or activities, including signing or reciting “Loyalty Oaths”. Jehovah’s Witnesses refuse to vote. Jehovah’s Witnesses refuse to engage in politics. Jehovah’s Witnesses refuse to serve in the military, or work for employer’s who service or supply the military. Any of these topics discussed during breaktime or casually brought up while working can give opportunity for your Jehovah’s Witness Employee to be offended, or for the Jehovah’s Witness Employees’ response to offend co-workers or customers.
BIRTHDAYS & HOLIDAYS. The Jehovah’s Witness Employee’s belief that celebrating birthdays is a sin can result in extremely embarrassing situations, with lingering results, in the foreseeable situation where a Jehovah’s Witness Employee is approached by a group of well meaning co-workers singing “Happy Birthday”. Since Jehovah’s Witnesses also believe that it is a sin to celebrate New Years, President’s Day, Father’s Day, Mother’s Day, Easter, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and even Christmas, there are regular opportunities every few weeks for confrontations to occur where co-workers, customers, or others unwittingly do or say something which might offend your Jehovah’s Witness Employee, or vice versa.
Despite the fact that a Jehovah’s Witness Employee will sue their Employer if the Employer or a Co-worker attempts to proselytize them, the WatchTower Society has for decades encouraged Jehovah’s Witness Employees to proselytize their own co-workers and employers — including publishing “witnessing tips” on how to do so COVERTLY in the workplace. The WatchTower Society has advised JW Employees to keep WatchTower literature at their work station, and to then leave that WatchTower literature out in the open in the hope that employers/co-workers will notice such and initiate inquiries that will give the JW Employee an excuse to “witness” to them. The WatchTower Society has further recommended that JW Employees openly read and display WatchTower literature during work breaks for the same reason. In March 2012, the members-only copy of the WatchTower Society’s OUR KINGDOM SERVICE also recommended that door-to-door JW Proselytizers focus on visitations to local businesses — specifically during business hours. The WatchTower Society not only recommended preaching and offering literature to the business owner, but also to employed managers and clerks. Unbelievably, the WatchTower Society even recommended that JW Proselytizers request that they be allowed to preach and offer literature to all of the business’s other employees. If denied, it was recommended that JW Proselytizers request to leave WatchTower literature in employee breakrooms and customer waiting areas.