Workplace discrimination based on religion is against the law. Unfortunately, it still occurs. The Boston-based attorneys at Gordon Law Group, LLP represent people who have been targeted by religious discrimination in employment situations in Massachusetts and across the country.
When working with Gordon Law Group, LLP, you can be confident your legal matter is in capable hands. In fact, our attorneys are frequently cited among the best employment lawyers in the nation.
Understanding Religious Harassment in the Workplace
Religious harassment at work can occur in the hiring process, in promotion or work assignment decisions, in matters involving compensation, or in employment termination situations. Ultimately, religious discrimination laws are designed to protect all employees with sincerely held religious beliefs, regardless of what the employee’s religion is.
Religious discrimination at work may be overt, but it can also be actions or words that create a hostile work environment. For example, victims of religious discrimination could be subjected to comments or jokes about their religion, race or ethnicity. Workers may also find themselves segregated from other staff because of their religious beliefs, or working for an employer who refuses to accommodate their reasonable requests to schedule work around their sincerely held religious beliefs when doing so would not create an undue hardship for the employer.
However, not every type of employment action or decision related to an employee’s religion falls under the umbrella of workplace religious discrimination. For example, if your company does not allow employees to place any type of photos or other personal items in their workspace, it is not religious discrimination if the employer requires you to remove religious items you displayed in your cube or office.
Employees and candidates for employment are protected by federal and state laws. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which applies to employers with at least 15 employees, includes strict prohibitions against religious discrimination. In addition, the Massachusetts Fair Employment Practices Act (FEPA) includes protections against religious discrimination. FEPA applies to employers with six or more employees, but also specifically requires employees to provide at least 10 days of notice to employers when they will miss work for their creed or religion and allows employers to require employees to make up missed time.
Choose a Religious Discrimination Lawyer With Experience
The experienced lawyers at Gordon Law Group, LLP understand employment law, and are dedicated to advocating for workers’ rights — and to holding employers accountable for their illegal actions. With decades of experience handling all types of employment discrimination cases, we represent employees at all levels of their careers, from entry-level service workers to those in the executive suite.
If you feel an employer unlawfully discriminated against you based on religion, contact Gordon Law Group, LLP today to schedule a consultation with a religious discrimination attorney.