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Your right to practice religion in the workplace

At work, you expect to have a safe environment. You want to work in a place where you you can do your job without fear of discrimination based on your religion.

Unfortunately, there are many individuals who face religious discrimination at work. An employer may try to deny an employee time off to observe a religious holiday, pass over an employee for a promotion or fire an employee because of their beliefs.

This type of discrimination is against the law. If you are facing religious discrimination at work, you can enforce your rights and seek justice.

The law prohibits religious discrimination

State and federal laws protect the rights of employees in the workplace. This includes the right to practice your religion. It also prohibits treating employees differently based on their religious beliefs.

In New York, employers must make "reasonable accommodations" for employees to observe their religion, this includes:

  • Providing a place for prayers or religious observance
  • Allowing employees to take time off for religious holidays or other scheduling changes
  • Allowing exceptions to dress codes

Additionally, employers may not discrimination against your when hiring, giving promotions, scheduling work shifts or terminating your job.

No matter the religion you practice, you have rights under the law. If you have faced discrimination or if your employer is not willing to make a reasonable accommodation for you, an attorney can help you. A lawyer can guide you through the process of bringing a claim against your employer, and you may be able to secure compensation for the discrimination you have endured.

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