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    Legality of Religious Symbols at Work

    As a U.S. citizen, can I legally be fired or face disciplinary actions at my job for displaying a Thor's Hammer tattoo on my arm if some non-white co-worker complains that it's a "hate symbol"? Am I protected by freedom of religion laws at work?

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    Luckily here in America, we have the right to display religious symbols, whether they be offensive to some or not.
    So legally no, you can't be fired for displaying the Hammer just as a religious purpose, then again it depends on the place of employments code of conduct. If the company prohibits any kind of jewelry or symbolism then obviously you can't, but it's up to the discretion of your employer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Walhalla-Wacht View Post
    Luckily here in America, we have the right to display religious symbols, whether they be offensive to some or not.
    So legally no, you can't be fired for displaying the Hammer just as a religious purpose, then again it depends on the place of employments code of conduct. If the company prohibits any kind of jewelry or symbolism then obviously you can't, but it's up to the discretion of your employer.
    Thanks for the reply. I have co-workers who display Christian symbols on tattoos and jewelry where I work, so I don't think my employer cares. However, I can just see somebody complaining as soon as they see a Thor's Hammer. I'm sure I'll get questioned about it as soon as somebody says "RACIST".

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    In such case it would be wise not to overreact and tell them the history of Thors Hammer and that it has nothing to do with hatred of another race.

    People have asked me (even Christians) what my Thor's Hammer is, they're usually just curious and think that it's neat. I get a lot of complements on it. I also have a Korpiklaani "Shaman" necklace


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    Tatoo Law

    It all depends on the employee policy of the Company. I wouldn't make a big deal of it and try to draw attention to it or try and force it down someones throat. As for jewlery, who cares, as long as it's not a distraction in the work place or safety/health issue.

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    We're not allowed to show religious symbols at work, wether they're tattoos or jewelery. I still wear my Mjollnir, just I don't let it show.

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    I have never heard about that sort of thing in the UK.....yet.

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    In, I think it was about 1970, Asatru was recognized as a official religion in America. So as a religious symbol they can not say anything, but as a tattoo maybe.
    I have the Vulknot, and The "Helm of Awe" (cant spell the Norse name very well) and all the Elder Futhark runes tattooed on my arms, and my work has not said anything.
    The coward believes he will live forever
    If he holds back in the battle,
    But in old age he shall have no peace
    Though spears have spared his limbs

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