Americans have the freedom to practice the religion of their choice. However, many in Alabama face workplace discrimination or harassment based on their religion. Unfortunately, this makes it hard for people of some religions to perform their work duties.
Religious discrimination occurs when employees are treated differently because of their religion. However, it is sometimes hard for victims to identify such discrimination. In the following sections, you will find information that can help you determine if you are a victim of religious discrimination.
Examples of illegal religious discrimination at work
If you feel that something is not right in your workplace and suspect religious discrimination, the examples below may help you make an accurate determination.
- Harassment: Your coworkers or even management staff frequently harass you about your religion or make offensive remarks about your faith.
- Segregation: Your boss orders you to work in an isolated area because you wear religious garb.
- Forced participation: Your employer indicates that you must convert from your faith to theirs or participate in their religion if you want to keep your job.
- Accommodation refusals: Your employer refuses to accommodate your religious practices or beliefs (changing schedules, etc.).
- Other discriminatory acts: Your boss refuses to promote you or pay you the same as other employees solely because of your faith.
If you are still unsure whether you are suffering from religious discrimination in your workplace, it may be time to increase your knowledge. The more you learn about workplace discrimination, the better you can protect yourself from mistreatment. With experienced legal guidance, you can also better identify discrimination and take the appropriate steps to remedy your situation.