Have I been discriminated against based on my religion?
Religious freedom is a basic right in America. Your employer does not have the right to discriminate against you because of your religion. Though this sounds simple, the law protecting your religious freedom is much broader than you might think.
Your Legal Protections
Freedom of religion is written into the First Amendment of the Constitution – which means the government cannot discriminate on the basis of religion. Private companies with at least 15 employees cannot religiously discriminate due to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title VII (often called simply “Title VII”).
Basic Overview of Religious Discrimination
Religious discrimination via employment is unlawful across the board. It applies to all areas of employment – wages, promotions, health insurance, etc. – anything pertaining to the employment relationship.
Religious Attire & Grooming
Certain hats, headdresses, or other attire that are worn due to your religious beliefs may not be prohibited. The same is true of hairstyles and facial hair. Additionally, it cannot be mandatory for you to be forced to wear clothing that is against your religious beliefs.
You have the right to receive accommodations that will allow you to be true to your religion without having to sacrifice your livelihood or be harassed. For example, time off for religious holidays is your right as an American citizen.
Here are some situations in which religious rights are protected on the job that might surprise you. You have the right to not be mistreated:
- During the job application process.
- For being married to a person of a certain religion.
- For affiliation with an organization that includes a religious component.
- For holding any moral or ethical belief system (such as pacifism or atheism).
- By anyone in the workplace – supervisors, coworkers, and even customers.
- By mandatory inclusion in a specific religious tradition (such as Christmas celebrations or prayers).
If you feel you have been discriminated against due to your religion call the Wenzel Fenton Cabassa, P.A. office, or schedule your free consultation now.