While we’d all like to think that we live in a day and age where discrimination based on race, ethnicity, religion, and more is totally eradicated, the unfortunate reality is that this is simply untrue. In many cases, individuals in the workplace find themselves being discriminated against solely due to their religion. If you are a victim of religious discrimination in the workplace, you should continue reading and speak with our knowledgeable Georgia employment rights attorney to learn more about how our firm may be able to help. Here are some of the questions you may have:
How is religious discrimination in the workplace defined?
Religious discrimination is defined, under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as when an individual is denied certain religious accommodations, including:
- Flexible scheduling for religious holidays
- Voluntary shift substitutions
- Lateral transfers
- Exceptions to dress rules based on religion
- Exceptions to grooming rules based on religion
While individuals are entitled to these exceptions, you should also keep in mind that if your religious beliefs are determined to cause a business an “undue hardship,” such as costing the business a significant amount of money, compromising the safety of the business workplace, infringing on another employee’s rights, or decreasing workplace efficiency, you may not have a case if your employer terminates your contract.
What should I do if I am discriminated against in the workplace because of my religious beliefs?
We understand that there are few things more frustrating and downright unfair than being discriminated against because of your religious beliefs. However, if you believe this has happened to you, you must act swiftly. If your business has at least 15 employees, you are eligible to file a charge against your company with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission within 180 days of the incident occurring. If you are a federal employee, your window is even shorter–you will have to file your charge against your company within 45 days of the incident occurring.
The bottom line is that no one should have to deal with religious discrimination in the workplace, and if you believe you have been unfairly subjected to such treatment, you must reach out to our knowledgeable Georgia employment rights attorney to learn more about how our firm can help you attain the justice you deserve.
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