Religion is one of the greatest freedoms in America. Yet it is well known that depending on what religious affiliation you are a part of, you may be discriminated against. Arguably the worst place to be discriminated against is the place in which you make your livelihood. Discrimination in the workplace is is commonplace today, even if it is highly frowned upon and there are laws that protect First Amendment rights. If you or a loved one have been discriminated against in the workplace due to your religion, it is invaluable to contact an experienced New York religious discrimination attorney to fight on your behalf.
Your Religious Rights
Religious discrimination in the workplace is disheartening and can be frustrating when it affects how you feed yourself and your family. Religious discrimination can be prevalent at any part of the employment process, from hiring to firing. Religious discrimination comes in the form of harassment, refusing to hire, disparaging an employer’s religion, creating a hostile work environment, as well as preventing an employee from having contact with customers because religious garments. However, Title VII, New York State, and New York City have laws that protect you of your rights.
Laws Protecting Employees Against Religious Discrimination
According to Title VII, religious discrimination involves treating a person, whether an applicant or employee, unfavorably because of his or her religious beliefs. It also involves treating a person discriminately because of his or her connections with a religious organization or group. Under both Title VII and New York State and City’s laws, an employer shall not discriminate against an employee or potential employee because of religion. Employers have a duty to make reasonable accommodations for employees who sincerely hold religious beliefs unless an employer demonstrates that such accommodation would subject it to an undue hardship.
Reasonable accommodations include, but are not limited to:
- Making exemptions to dress code and grooming requirements
- Permitting Sabbath observance
- Allowing reasonable breaks for prayer and other religious requirements.
Because the lines can become blurry as to what is “reasonable” accommodations, it is invaluable to seek legal representation from an experienced New York religious discrimination attorney to determine whether you have a case.
Need Legal Advice Regarding Religious Discrimination in NYC?
Religion is a First Amendment right that is not taken lightly. Yet, employers can, but do not have the right to, discriminate against you for your religious affiliation. If you or a loved one have been discriminated against because of your religion is important to seek legal advice. Contact The Law Offices of Joseph & Norinsberg LLC at 212-JUSTICE or [email protected] to speak with an experienced New York attorney about your rights. Contact our office today for an initial consultation.