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Would like to ask a legal question. I have some employees

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JA: Hello. How can I help?
Customer: Would like to ask a legal question. I have some employees who refuse to work with men. Not for any religious reasons, but for jealous husband reasons. I'd like to know if I can be liable for any kind of discrimination if I tell them I have no work for them then. In other words I am making work available to them but they're refusing it due to the sex of the individual(s) I am asking them to work with.
JA: Because employment law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?
Customer: California
JA: Is the employment agreement "at will," union, full time or part time?
Customer: no agreement is in place but they're full time
JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: I'd like to know if I can terminate them if they refuse to work the staff assignments I give them

Hello and thank you for entrusting me to assist you. My name is ***** ***** I will do everything I can to answer your question.

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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