How would you handle this situation?
While talking with a parent who wants to enroll in your program, she tells you that she is a Jehovah’s Witness. She says she doesn’t believe in her child attending any birthday parties.
Federal anti-discrimination law says you cannot discriminate against parents or children because of their religion.
So, you cannot tell this parent that you won’t care for her child because she is a Jehovah’s Witness.
However, you don’t have to agree to the wishes of parents who wants you to follow her religious beliefs.
So, you can respond, “You are welcome to attend my program. I will continue to have birthday parties. I’ll be happy to notify you about them ahead of time but I won’t be changing my program.”
Or you can respond, “You are welcome to attend my program. I am willing to reduce the number of birthday parties to try to make your child feel more comfortable.”
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