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Things you need to know about religious discrimination

In today's age, you would believe that every company is aware that employees practice all types of religion.Taking this one step further, you would also believe that these companies are familiar with the federal and state laws in place to protect employees against religious discrimination.

Even so, there are individuals and companies that continue to break the law by discriminating against workers because of their religion.

Note: religious discrimination does not have to occur during a person's employment. This can also come into play during the hiring process, such as refusing to hire a qualified candidate because of his or her religious beliefs.

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is in place to prohibit employers from partaking in religious discrimination (among many other types). Along with this, the Act requires that employers reasonably accommodate the beliefs of all employees and applicants.

Religious harassment

It's also important to note that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits any form or religious harassment, such as making derogatory remarks about a person's religion or one's belief system. Although there is no law against "basic teasing," there are times when an employee, such as a supervisor, goes overboard with his or her comments.

Finally, it's also against the law to retaliate against somebody who speaks out against religious discrimination. Common forms of retaliation include termination, demotion or taking away job responsibilities.

What to do about religious discrimination

Now that you understand some of the finer details of religious discrimination, it's important that you know which steps to take should you find yourself in this spot.

Most importantly, keep track of everything that happens. For example, if you have an email backing up your claim, keep it with all your other records.

From there, don't hesitate to speak with your HR department about what is going on. In some cases, this is all it takes to bring an end to the problem.

In other situations, such if you lose your job for speaking out, you may need to consult with an experienced employment law attorney. By taking this step, you can learn more about your legal rights. And depending on the circumstances, you may also be in position to receive compensation from your employer.

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