RELIGIOUS EXPRESSION IN THE FEDERAL WORKPLACE

Summary of President Clinton's Guidelines



President Clinton announced Guidelines on Freedom of Religious Expression in the Federal Workplace on August 14, 1997. The Guidelines purport to clarify three things:

The Guidelines:
The Guidelines do not nullify agency policies prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and have no effect on an agency's responsibility to maintain a workplace free of discrimination based on religion or sexual orientation (under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978, respectively).

The Guidelines generally PERMIT Federal employees to:
The Guidelines generally PROHIBIT Federal employees from:

Full text of "Guidelines on Religious Freedom in the Federal Workplace" is available at the White House web site. www.whitehouse.gov/WH/New/html/19970819-3275.html