Being treated differently in the workplace can be an unfortunate affair. However, it can be even more demoralizing if your workplace peers discriminate based on your faith.
Religion can be an incredibly delicate topic in the workplace, mainly because it can be an emotionally charged, deeply personal topic for most. Fortunately, most employees have protections against being treated differently and negatively because of their religion (or lack thereof). Trust the advice of an experienced Tampa employment attorney at Florin Gray Bouzas Owens, LLC to help you understand your rights.
Religious discrimination occurs when people treat others differently solely based on their religious affiliation. In the workplace, this can manifest as a negative reception of religious beliefs, religious practices, and any requests for accommodation of these beliefs. It also includes being treated differently during the employment process – such as not being hired for believing (or not believing) in a certain religion.
Examples of religious discrimination are:
Religious discrimination comes in many shapes and sizes – often, it’s not as blatant as you may think. There are three major types of religious discrimination:
Both federal and state laws protect religious discrimination in the workplace.
On the federal level, most forms of workplace discrimination are covered by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This law states that it’s illegal for employers to discriminate against individuals because of their religion in all terms and conditions of employment, including:
Additionally, Title VII requires employers to accommodate any religious practices of an employee, unless doing so creates “undue hardship” on the employer. This includes things such as flexible scheduling and taking days off to observe religious holidays. Under Title VII, employers are also expected to enforce policies that prevent other employees within the company from taking part in religious discrimination in the workplace.
Employees are protected from religious discrimination in the workplace at the state level too. The Florida Civil Rights Act of 1992 explicitly prohibits discrimination against employees on the basis of religion, as well as other protected categories, such as race, color, sex, handicap, and age.
If you believe you’ve been unfairly harassed due to your religious beliefs or faith, you can file a religious discrimination claim against your employer. These are the three main steps:
Any claims alleging workplace discrimination require meticulous care for maximum compensation. Religious discrimination claims, in particular, require experience, education, and dedication to achieve success. Fortunately, the law offices of Florin Gray Bouzas Owens, LLC have the know-how in discrimination claims to take the stress off your shoulders and maximize your recovery. Protecting the rights of employees is our forte, and representing the worker (and not the corporation) is our passion.
Contact us today for a free consultation – if we choose to start the litigation process, you won’t pay a penny unless you win.
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