Religious discrimination is the act of treating a person, either an applicant or employee, wrongfully because of their religious beliefs. The law protects those who belong to organized religions, such as Christianity and Judaism among others, but also those who practice lesser known religions.
This type of discrimination can also involve treating somebody poorly because they are married to or associated with a person of a particular religion.
Religious Discrimination in the Workplace
Religious discrimination is forbidden in all aspects of employment, including: hiring, firing, job responsibilities, pay, layoff, promotions, benefits, and training.
It is against the law to harass a person because of their religion. This can include a variety of offenses, such as making an offensive remake about a person’s beliefs.
In the case of workplace religious discrimination, the harasser can be a supervisor, coworker, or even somebody from outside the company, such as a customer.
There are also laws in place (Title VII) that prohibit workplace segregation based on religion.
By law, employers are required to reasonably accommodate the religious beliefs and/or practices of each employee, as long as this would not cause more than a minimal burden on the company.
Have you been a Victim of Religious Discrimination?
If you have been discriminated against due to your religion or religious beliefs, and your supervisor or human resources department has done nothing to fix the situation, you may want to contact an employment lawyer.