Are you suffering from religious-based discrimination?

No one in the United States should fear being discriminated against at work as a result of their religious beliefs. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 establishes strong legal protections that prohibit employers from discriminating against employees on the basis of religion.

What is required under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964?

Here are the primary religious discrimination protections offered to employees under Title VII:

  • Employers may not make hiring and firing decisions on the basis of religion.
  • Employers cannot assign job tasks or classify employees on the basis of religion.
  • Employers cannot decide how to compensate employees on the basis of religion.
  • Employers cannot recruit or test employees on the basis of religion.
  • Employers cannot discriminate against employees on the basis of religion when communicating with them.
  • Employers and coworkers cannot harass employees because of their religious beliefs.

In addition to the above prohibitions, employers must provide employees with reasonable accommodation so that employees of different religious beliefs can practice their beliefs within the workplace as long as those practices do not result in undue hardship on the part of the employer.

Examples of religious discrimination

Here are a few examples of what might constitute employment discrimination related to religion.

Discriminatory hiring advertisements: A company might post an advertisement online or on Facebook directed solely to people of a specific religion that says, “We are looking to hire a Christian employee.”

Discriminatory pay: An accountant might notice that all Jewish employees at the office receive 20 percent lower pay compared to employees of other religions.

Harassing treatment: A supervisor or coworkers might make fun of an employee for honoring his or her religious beliefs. This harassing behavior might include name-calling or embarrassing put-downs.

Only employees of one faith get promoted: Perhaps an employee notices that senior management at the office are from a specific religion. Employees of other religions never get promoted to senior management positions.

Are you suffering from on-the-job religious discrimination?

If you have lost job opportunities or suffered from harassment because of religious-based discrimination, you might want to look into whether you have the grounds to pursue justice and financial restitution in court for the abuse and harm you have endured.

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