Episode 41 – The Raving Racist Customer is Always Right

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What should a hospital do when a patient insists on a female doctor?  A Muslim therapist?  A white nurseMarc and Dennis break down the legal issues that arise when a customer demands service based on gender, religion or in some cases, race.

What if your religion forbids you from shaking hands with the opposite sex?

And what if your boss pays for your lapdance (regardless of your religion)?

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About the author, Marc

Marc Alifanz is the co-host of the Hostile Work Environment Podcast with Marc and Dennis, and founder of Four Peaks Employment Advisors. Marc lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife Tracy and precocious 8-year old twin daughters.


  1. Observer on 08/22/2018 at 5:42 PM

    A key thing about the case of the Muslim woman, that is being overlooked, though, is that she actually was willing to greet EVERYONE – male and female (and whatever else) by putting her hand over her heart, ie to greet everyone the same way.

    The issue of things like dinners etc. is far more complex, and there are probably a lot of situations where this could not fly.

  2. Observer on 08/22/2018 at 5:44 PM


    Ms Alhajeh said that she was pleased with the decision. She said that she greeted men and women the same way in mixed company, by bringing her hand to her chest. But if she is meeting only with women, she might shake hands, she said.

    “We live in a society where you have to treat women and men the same,” she said. “I know that because I am Swedish.”

    “I have to practice my religion in a Swedish way that’s acceptable,” she added.

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