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Religious Discrimination at Work: What It Is & How to Identify It


Unfortunately, discrimination is a common problem in the workplace. It can manifest in various ways, and it can be incredibly damaging to the employees who endure it. This is no less the case for those who experience religious discrimination at work and suffer the personal and professional consequences of such treatment.

What Is Religious Discrimination in the Workplace?

Religious discrimination in the workplace occurs when an employee is treated differently or unfairly because of their religious beliefs, practices, or observances. Religious discrimination is illegal under federal and state law, and employers must ensure that their work environments are free from such discrimination.

Employers often protect themselves by developing anti-discrimination policies that cover religious beliefs and practices. Such policies, however, are only effective if they’re seriously regarded by the employer and actively enforced when an employee complains about religious discrimination. Because employers are obligated to ensure their workplaces prevent and immediately address reports of religious discrimination, failure to do so can result in liability for damages.

How to Identify Religious Discrimination at Work

We previously mentioned that religious discrimination can manifest in various ways. Some of the forms it can take are very obvious, but others are less so.

Let’s explore some common examples of religious discrimination at work:

  • Refusing to accommodate an employee’s religious attire (hijab, turban, yarmulke, etc.)
  • Refusing to modify an employee’s work schedule to accommodate religious obligations
  • Denying an employee a promotion, raise, or any other employment benefit due to their religion
  • Making negative comments or otherwise harassing an employee because of their religion

Such examples of religious discrimination can form the basis of a hostile work environment claim. If you feel uncomfortable about a situation at work and believe you were mistreated because of your religion, you should consult with an employment law attorney to discuss your situation.

Contact K2 Employment Law Today

At K2 Employment Law, we understand that religious discrimination can be a difficult thing to deal with. This is why we are dedicated to helping employees fight for damages when they have experienced such discrimination at work. Our team of attorneys can work hard to help you seek justice and get the compensation you need to move forward.

For more information about our legal services, contact us and request a free consultation.