Discrimination is a problem that impacts many lives each year. When discrimination relates to religious beliefs, it can be a challenging problem for every individual involved. The United States Constitution gives every individual in the country the freedom and right to follow any religious belief. Employers are not legally allowed to discriminate against employees for their religious beliefs.
What is Considered Discrimination?
Religious discrimination means that an employer is unwilling to hire an individual due to their religious beliefs or fires the person for practicing their religious beliefs. The only time an employer is allowed to refuse certain actions, clothing choices or behaviors associated with religious beliefs is if it causes undue hardship.
Any act against religious beliefs that is not related to undue hardship can potentially suggest religious discrimination. Factors that may be considered discrimination include:
- Refusing to allow employees time off during religious holidays
- Refusing to allow employees to wear clothing that is related to a religion
- Requiring employees to remove all religious paraphernalia, such as a necklace, when it does not relate to safety reasons
- Asking about religious beliefs during an interview or at any time if it seems inappropriate
- Hateful or discriminatory words or actions related to religious beliefs
Religious discrimination can take many different forms. Employers are required to accommodate an employee's religious beliefs as long as they do not cause harm to others or do not cause undue hardship on the company. Flexible schedules, allowing employees to switch shifts with other workers or reassigning job responsibilities are examples of accommodations that employers may offer.
If you suspect that you were fired or an employer refused to hire you due to your religious beliefs, then it may be time to seek legal assistance. A religious discrimination lawyer can help identify cases of discrimination and explain your rights and freedoms.
When you seek a consultation with a religious discrimination lawyer, bring appropriate documentation to prove discrimination. Documentation may include a diary entry related to words that an employer said about you, video content or the circumstances behind an employer's actions, such as being fired after taking a day off for a religious holiday.
A religious discrimination lawyer will ask several questions associated with the situation to help verify if it is a case of discrimination or if you do not have a case due to limited proof and documentation of the employer's distaste for your religious beliefs.
Do not hire an inexperienced lawyer to handle your case. You want to hire one of our experienced religious discrimination lawyers that can get you the maximum compensation available under both state and federal law.
Religious discrimination is against the law. An employer is not allowed to refuse to hire you for religious reasons and cannot fire you due to your religious beliefs. If you have been the victim of religious discrimination, then you may have options available. Talking to a religious discrimination lawyer from our firm is your best first step to getting justice.
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