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It is not unreasonable in any sense for an employer to require female and male employees to work together. An employee who refuses to work with employees of the opposite sex can be terminated and replaced with someone willing to do what the employer requires. The only exception MIGHT be if the employee had a psychiatric issue recognized as a disability (i.e. extreme PTSD from having been raped). In that case, the employer would likely be required to "reasonably accommodate" the employee's disability. But even in this case, if there is no reasonable way for the employer to run its business while accommodating the employee's need to work only with other females, they could STILL be terminated. And again, this analysis only applies if the employee has a psychiatric disability justifying their inablity to work with the opposite sex. Here, you are simply talking about jealous spouses. That is absolutely not a "protected" reason for refusing job tasks involving the opposite sex.
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