Whether you proclaim a faith or not, and whatever that flavor of spirituality may be — even if it's not popular and even if it's that you have no belief at all — NO ONE is allowed to abuse or intimidate you for it. The right to believe (or not believe) as one chooses is fundamental to the Constitution of the United States and that of New Jersey, and, on a core level, is among one of the principles upon which the United States was founded.
The Civil Rights Act, specifically Title VII, prohibits employers from discriminating against employees because of their religion. This includes all areas of employment, including hiring, firing and similar terms and conditions. Under the Act, employers are also required to reasonably accommodate the religious practices of their employees, unless doing so creates an undue hardship to the employer. The following summarizes the major provisions of this religious discrimination employment law:
- Employers cannot treat their workers more favorably or less favorably simply because of their religion.
- Employees cannot be required to partake in, or refrain from partaking in, a religious ritual as an employment condition.
- Employers must make reasonable accommodations for their workers' religious practices (unless doing so would create an undue hardship to the employer).
- Employers cannot take retaliatory action against employees who assert their rights under the Act.
This firm has represented victims of religious harassment from traditions as diverse as Judaism, Jehovah's Witness, Mormons, Druids, Wiccans and Pagans, as well as Atheists and Agnostics.
If you're suffering from religious workplace discrimination, contact Costello & Mains to speak with a New Jersey employment lawyer. We can help. Please call our Mount Laurel law office today at 856-291-0642 (local) or 800-421-0212 (toll-free) or contact us online to arrange a confidential consultation.