I moved to the south a few months ago and recently got a job with a very small company. There are six employees total. Our weekly meetings begin with prayer, and I’m not sure how to tell my boss that I’m uncomfortable with this—or if I should tell him. It’s one thing to suck it up and join hands with my big Catholic family as my uncle leads us in a round of “Bless Us O Lord” every Christmas. I don’t mind that. But business is obviously very different. What do you think I should do?
Tough shit, kiddo. You’re in the south. If the owner of the company wants everybody to sit around before staff meetings and watch while he talks to his imaginary friend in the sky, that’s his prerogative.
Unless your boss starts waving his dick around or calling people niggers, he can do pretty much whatever he wants. It’s his show. Sure, it’s ridiculous, but there’s not much you can do except sit there quietly and roll your eyes every week. Believe me, you accomplish nothing by registering your discomfort.
It’s a free country, as they say. Your boss is free to be a moron, and you’re free to quit. This kind of thing doesn’t qualify as a hostile work environment unless your employer attempts to retaliate against you for refusing to pray.
I highly recommend you learn to smirk at nonsense like this. Don’t let it make you uncomfortable. It’s not worth the hassle.