Religious Discrimination and Accommodations

Discrimination based on religion violates both state and federal employment laws. This form of discrimination can involve denial of job opportunities, physical and verbal harassment, and attempts to impose one’s religious beliefs on others. The Constitution may prohibit the government from getting involved with the free exercise of religion, but laws such as the Civil Rights Act prevent organizations from discriminating against employees and potential employees. Unfortunately, workplace discrimination is extremely common in the United States to this day.

Providing Religious Accommodations

Discrimination can also involve refusal to accommodate a person’s religious beliefs or practices by requiring work on religious holidays, or refusing to allow religious dress or grooming in the workplace. Employers can deny religious accommodations if they can show it creates an undue hardship. Under federal and state laws, employers must make reasonable accommodations to the religious practices of their employees. This may include:

● Exceptions to the company’s dress code that may prohibit religious dress and grooming
○ Such as a hijab, beard, turban, or skullcap
● Giving employees permission to trade shifts in order to have holy days free from work
● Providing employees with reasonable breaks for prayer and other religious activities
● Allowing employees to observe Sabbath

Employees who experience religious discrimination are also the victims of harassment in a hostile work environment, and those responsible must be held accountable. If you have suffered unlawful discrimination or harassment because of your religion, please contact Janovsky &Associates today. Attorney Janovsky has years of experience handling all types of employment law cases and is prepared to fight for your right to be free from any type of discrimination in the workplace.

What is Religious Discrimination

There are many different scenarios that fall under “religious discrimination” in the workplace. Under the Civil Rights Act and Texas and California state laws, respectively, employers are prohibited from engaging in any type of direct religious discrimination, such as:

● Refusing to hire based on a job applicant’s religious affiliation
● Making disparaging remarks about an employee’s religion
● Making repeated attempts to convert an employee to their own religion
● Offering an employee inferior terms and conditions based on religion
● Preventing an employee from interacting with customers because of their religious garb

These are just a handful of ways employers engage in religious discrimination. Our country does not tolerate discrimination against individuals based on their religious beliefs or the observance of these beliefs. If you need advice about whether facts exist to bring a claim or charge of religious discrimination, whether an accommodation request is reasonable, or need to know how to respond to a government agency investigation of religious discrimination, contact Attorney Janovsky for a consultation.

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