Religious discrimination in the workplace can involve many different types of conduct. A common issue is when an employer refuses to grant an employee a reasonable accommodation to resolve a conflict between the employee’s religion and his work. For instance, it may be religious discrimination for an employer to require an employee who observes the Sabbath to work on his or her day of rest.
Religious discrimination can also involve an employer making an adverse employment decision based on the employee’s religion. Decisions on whether to hire, fire, promote, or demote an employee based on his or her religion are generally illegal.
Another type of religious discrimination occurs when an employer makes or tolerates abusive comments directed at an employee because of his religion. This form of religious bullying in the workplace is illegal under federal and New York law. If you face any of these types of discrimination at work, it is essential to select a lawyer with the experience and legal knowledge to hold your employer responsible.