Identifying Religious Discrimination in the Workplace

The law prohibits employers from treating employees unfairly based on their religious beliefs (or lack thereof). Religious discrimination can take many forms, and some people do not even realize they are a victim of discrimination until the matter escalates. If you believe that you suffered this type of discrimination, do not wait to allow an Atlanta employment discrimination attorney to evaluate your rights.

Some forms of religious discrimination include:

  • Asking about an applicant’s religious beliefs or affiliation on a job application or in an interview
  • Refusing to hire someone because of their religious affiliation
  • Promoting someone over another employee based on their relative religious beliefs
  • Having policies that unfairly impact employees with certain religious beliefs
  • Firing someone when you learn of their religious affiliation
  • Allowing an employee to suffer harassment based on their religion that creates a hostile work environment

If any of the above apply to your work situation, you need assistance from an employment discrimination lawyer right away.

There is another aspect of religious discrimination, which involves reasonable accommodations at work. Some employees might need slight exceptions to the usual workplace policies due to their religious beliefs, and the law allows such employees to request reasonable accommodations. Employers are expected to provide such accommodations as long as it will not cause undue hardship.

Accommodations might include taking breaks at specified prayer times, not working on the Sabbath, or wearing headwear when company policy usually prohibits it. Refusing to provide a reasonable accommodation is prohibited as a form of religious discrimination.

Speak with an Atlanta Employment Discrimination Lawyer Right Away

If you think you suffered unlawful discrimination at work, do not wait to speak with Battleson Law, LLC, so an Atlanta employment discrimination attorney can review your rights and options. Contact us online or call 470.398.0720 for your case evaluation.

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