Religious Discrimination

Employment laws protect your right to practice your religion. If your employer is discriminating against you based on your religion or refusing to make reasonable accommodations for your religious beliefs, you should contact the attorneys at Abney & McCarty.

Under federal, state, and local law, your religious beliefs have substantial protections in the workplace. Religion in the employment setting includes not only established religions such as Christianity, Judaism, Islam, or Buddhism, but also sincerely held ethical, personal, or religious beliefs. Employers are not allowed to discriminate based on religion, which means that employers cannot refuse to hire, deny promotions, fire people, or take other adverse employment actions that are driven by animosity towards an individual’s religion. Company policies that have the effect of discriminating against all people of a particular religion may also be found to violate the law.

Accommodations are often at issue in religious discrimination cases. Employers are required to provide reasonable accommodations to employees’ religious practices, but do not need to provide accommodations where it would create an undue hardship for the employer. Sometimes practices that are impermissible to someone of a particular religion are required by an employer, such as working on the Sabbath, wearing cocktail dresses or other particular attire, or requiring grooming of facial hair. Sometimes these are bona fide qualifications of the job that the employer is entitled to require, but in other cases there are accommodations that can easily be made without any detriment to the employer. Accommodation issues also often arise with scheduling around particular religious observances.

We understand the sensitive nature of religious issues in the workplace. While you may not want your religion to interfere with your work, you should not have to compromise your beliefs in order to fit in with your employer.

If your employer refuses to provide you with a reasonable accommodation of your religious beliefs, or you are subjected to harassment or discrimination based on your religion, you should contact the attorneys at Abney & McCarty, PLLC online or call us at (502) 459-4108 to schedule a free consultation.