If you have experienced discrimination at your place of employment as a result of your religious beliefs, you need to firmly stand up for your legal rights as an employee. In addition, you should also take action if you dealt with unlawful discrimination while applying for a position. Religious discrimination takes various forms, and you could struggle with a number of hardships if you face mistreatment firsthand, such as working in a hostile environment, the loss of your job and emotional challenges (anxiety or depression).
Sadly, discrimination on the basis of one’s religious views and other factors continues to impact far too many workers.
Examples of religious discrimination
According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, religious discrimination can occur in different ways. For example, some workers face discrimination because their employer refuses to provide reasonable accommodations, such as preventing them from having facial hair and certain hairstyles or wearing head coverings and other clothes. In addition, some workers face discrimination because they refuse to wear short skirts and other types of clothing that their religion prohibits.
The impact of religious discrimination
Religious discrimination can result in adverse employment decisions, such as a demotion or firing. In addition, you could feel very uncomfortable at work due to a hostile environment, face the denial of benefits you deserve or find yourself segregated in the workplace due to your religious beliefs.
If you have experienced discrimination due to your religious beliefs, you need to review your employee rights, determine the best course of action and try to gather as much evidence as you can.