Unfortunately, religion is incredibly divisive. People feel strongly about their religions and may disagree with those who hold different beliefs. Sometimes, this disagreement can lead to discrimination. Religious discrimination in the workplace cannot be tolerated. Read on to learn more about religious discrimination and what to do if you are a victim in the Georgia workplace.
How is religious discrimination defined?
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 defines religious discrimination as discriminating against someone who practices a certain religion and denying them certain reasonable accommodations for their religious beliefs. Some examples of reasonable accommodations include:
- Allowing flexible scheduling so the individual can observe religious holidays
- Shift substitutions
- Lateral transfers
- Allowing certain individuals exceptions to the dress code or grooming standards based on their religious beliefs
However, it is important to note that some accommodations will not be deemed reasonable. If your religious practices pose harm to a business by costing a business money or compromising the safety of the business, there is a chance that you may not have a valid discrimination case if your employer terminates your contract.
What do I do if I believe I am a victim of religious discrimination?
If you believe that you are a victim of religious discrimination in the workplace, it is important that you take action as quickly as possible. Employees that work for businesses with at least 15 employees are allowed to file discrimination charges against their employers, though they must do so with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission within 180 days of the incident occurring. Those who are federal employees will have even less time to file a claim. They must file their claim within 45 days of the incident of discrimination occurring. You should reach out to an experienced attorney as soon as possible. An attorney can help ensure that you do not miss any important deadlines and that your charges are filed accurately. Failing to do so can hurt your chances of recovering the compensation you need and deserve.
If you are a victim of religious discrimination, our firm will advocate for you. Reach out today to discuss your case with an experienced and dedicated employment law attorney. Our firm will fight for you and walk you through the process every step of the way.
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