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Religious Discrimination

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Both federal and state law prohibit discrimination in employment because of an individual's religious beliefs. The law protects people who belong to traditional, organized religions, such as Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism, as well as people who have other, sincerely held religious, ethical or moral beliefs. Under the law, it is unlawful for an employer to require an employee to participate in religious activity as a condition of their employment.

In addition, employers have a duty to reasonably accommodate an employee's religious beliefs or practices, unless the accommodation would cause a hardship on the employer's business operations. In practice, this means that an employer may be required to make reasonable changes or adjustments to the work environment to enable an employee to practice his or her religion. Some examples of such accommodations include scheduling changes, shift substitutions or job reassignment. The law may also require modification of workplace policies or practices, including dress and grooming requirements of the job. Common examples of such accommodations include modification of standards to allow employees to wear head coverings, hairstyles or facial hair with religious significance. So long as an employee's religious dress or grooming standards do not interfere with the employee's ability to perform their job, employers must accommodate them.

If you believe you are facing discrimination because of your sincerely held religious beliefs, contact Frank Freed Subit and Thomas for an assessment of your rights and options.