Religious Discrimination

Freedom of religion is one of the core values on which our country was founded. In private employmernt, religious discrimination is prohibited by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and similar state laws.

Religious discrimination occurs when employees or applicants are treated differently because of their religious beliefs (or lack thereof). Favoritism — by which an employer favors those who share his or her religious beliefs — is also prohibited. And, employers are legally required to reasonably accommodate their employees’ religious practices and beliefs, unless doing so would impose more than a minimal cost or burden on the business.

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Religious Harassment
Harassment based on your religious beliefs, or lack thereof, is illegal under federal law.

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Resources on Religious Discrimination

Your Rights in the Workplace
All the information you need on employee rights, including the right to work free from discrimination and harassment.

The Essential Guide to Handling Workplace Harassment and Discrimination
Written for managers and employers, this handy reference explains how to recognize and handle discrimination claims.

EEOC Guidance on Religious Discrimination
The EEOC’s Compliance Manual explains the rules on religious discrimination, reasonable accommodations, and more.

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