Those who are passed up for a job or for advancement at work due to their religion may have been the victim of religious discrimination. Such discrimination may take place even if an individual does not belong to a major religion such as Christianity or Judaism. The only requirement is that the beliefs of an employee or job applicant are sincere and closely held.
These rules extend to all facets of employment including hiring and firing. An employee may not be denied a promotion, raise or opportunity to receive training simply because of his or her views or beliefs. An employee may also not be denied any benefits or be treated differently in any way from another employee due to a strongly held belief. Furthermore, employees may not be harassed or subject to unwanted or unwarranted attention due to their religious or other views.
Employees may not be placed away from customers or other employees merely because of the way they dress or groom if it is in accordance with their religion. Whenever possible, an employer must make reasonable accommodations for those who wish to adhere to the rules of their religion. Examples of such modifications may include offering a flexible schedule or modifying a company policy to make it more agreeable to an employee’s religious practices.
Those who are subject to racial discrimination, sex discrimination or any other form of discrimination may wish to take legal action against their employers. This may be done with the help of an employment law attorney. An attorney may be able to work with an employer to negotiate a resolution to a discrimination case outside of court. However, legal counsel may be able to provide assistance in court if a formal legal compliant is filed.