What Is Religious Discrimination in Philadelphia & New Jersey?
Religious discrimination in the workplace involves treating an employee, either as an applicant or an on-boarded employee, unfavorably because of their religious beliefs. Anti-discrimination laws protect people who belong to traditional organized religions, and those with other sincere religious, ethical or moral beliefs. Contact a Philadelphia religious discrimination attorney to understand how the laws protect employees.
To be protected by law, the religion does not have to be a traditional religion such as Christianity, Islam, or Judaism. According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the term religion typically refers “ultimate ideas” about “life, purpose, and death.” The religion may be unique, but belief in it must be sincere and meaningful to the practitioner.
Conversely, an employer may not discriminate against employees because of their lack of religious beliefs; By law, atheists and agnostics are also protected from religious discrimination in the workplace. If you have experienced discrimination based your religion or lack of religion anywhere in New Jersey and the Pennsylvania areas, contact a Philadelphia religious discrimination attorney to fight for your rights.
When does Religious Discrimination Happen in the Workplace?
There are two basic types of religious discrimination at work. The first is the unfavorable treatment of an employee because of his or her religious beliefs. The second is an employer’s failure to accommodate an employee’s religious beliefs in the workplace. If you have experienced either type of discrimination in the workplace, contact a religious discrimination attorney to discuss your options.
Employment laws forbid discrimination in any aspect of employment, including hiring, firing, pay, promotions, or any other terms or conditions of employment. The law doesn’t prohibit isolated comments or teasing in the workplace. However, harassment by a supervisor, a co-worker, or a client or customer is illegal when it is pervasive and creates a hostile work environment. If you have been harassed because of your religion in the workplace, contact a religious discrimination attorney in Philadelphia and Mount Laurel to discuss your case.
An employer may be required to make reasonable adjustments in the workplace that will allow employees to practice their religion. Some examples religious workplace accommodations include flexible scheduling, voluntary shift substitutions, job reassignments, and modifications to workplace practices and policies, such as dress codes. However, an employer does not have to accommodate an employee’s religious practices if it causes undue hardship in terms of expense, workplace safety, workplace efficiency, or if it infringes on the rights of other employees. Contact a Philadelphia religious discrimination attorney if you think a reasonable accommodation was not made in your workplace.
How Our Philadelphia Religious Discrimination Attorneys Can Help You Defend Your Rights?
If you have experienced religious harassment or discrimination at work, or an employer’s failure to provide reasonable accommodations due to your religion, contact a Philadelphia religious discrimination attorney to discuss the specifics of your case. But first, file a formal complaint with your company’s human resources department. It’s important to make a complaint with your employer first because if you ultimately file a discrimination lawsuit, it provides documentation that the company was notified of the problem and failed to correct it. Filing a charge of discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) must happen before filing a lawsuit. Finally, an experienced religious discrimination attorney will assess your legal options and decide if it makes sense to take your case to court.
State laws may offer more protection than federal law. Contact our religious discrimination attorneys at 215-694-8885 to learn more.
Our religious/creed discrimination lawyers in Philadelphia and Mt Laurel represent clients who have suffered harassment, job segregation, or an employer’s refusal to make reasonable accommodations. Because each situation is unique, it is advisable to have a consultation to learn about your rights and how the law applies to your situation.