You have the right to be free of religious discrimination in the workplace. Religious discrimination means that at work, you are treated unfavorably because of your religious beliefs. Unfavorable treatment because of religious beliefs can include offensive or insulting comments about your faith or treating you differently than others because of your faith. Religious discrimination can also mean your employer has failed to accommodate your religious beliefs. Any kind of discrimination should never be tolerated in the workplace.
Examples of Religious DiscriminationYou may have a claim for religious discrimination if:
- You are an observant Jewish person, and your employer schedules you to work on a Friday night or a Saturday;
- Your employer refuses to allow you to have contact with customers because of your religious garb or grooming practices. For instance, if you are Muslim, it is religious discrimination for your employer to move you away from the customers because of actual or feared customer preference;
- Your workplace features insulting or demeaning references to your religion;
- You are held responsible for work you missed on approved religious leave;