Religious Discrimination Lawyers
Religious discrimination involves treating an employee unfavorably because of his or her religious beliefs. The law protects not only people who belong to traditional, organized religions, such as Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism, but also others who have sincerely held religious, ethical or moral beliefs.
Religious discrimination can also involve treating someone differently because that person is married to (or associated with) an individual of a particular religion or because of his or her connection with a religious organization or group.
What is religious discrimination?
Federal and state laws protect individuals against employment discrimination on the basis of religion. It is against the law for an employer to discriminate against any employee, or applicant for employment, because of his/her religion in regard to hiring, termination, promotion, compensation, job training, or any other term, condition, or privilege of employment.
The law prohibits unreasonable refusal to accommodate religiously motivated conduct and practices as well as beliefs. The law is intended to protect not only of victims of overt discrimination, but also those individuals who are unintentionally discriminated against because their religious views conflict with neutral work rules. The law is intended to relieve individuals of the burden of choosing between their job and their religious connections where an employer’s religious accommodation does not burden others. It is unlawful to discriminate against employees because of their religion if a reasonable accommodation of their religious beliefs and practices can be made without causing the employer undue hardship.
What to do if you believe you have been unlawfully treated
Many companies have policies regarding discrimination, harassment or retaliation in their company handbook. Likewise, they may have reporting requirements, which may require you to follow a certain procedure. You should request that the company take action to stop and correct discrimination, harassment, or retaliation. You should follow those procedures and document your actions in writing. Failure to follow those procedures may lead to a denial of your rights to recover legal damages for the improper action of the company.
However, if following these internal procedures does not lead to a satisfactory result, consider contacting an employment discrimination attorney. The attorneys at KM&A will evaluate your case and take appropriate action to ensure that you are not forced to deal with continued workplace discrimination.
Kraemer, Manes & Associates LLC “KM&A” is a law firm serving all of Pennsylvania with our principal offices in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. Call KM&A in western Pennsylvania at 412-626-5626 or in eastern Pennsylvania at 610-616-5686. KM&A can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.