Religion is a large part of many Americans’ lives. According to a recent survey completed by Gallup, nearly three quarters of respondents indicate that their religious faith is important to them. In the workplace, many employees are protected from religion-based discrimination. Unfortunately, religious discrimination remains a serious problem in Central Ohio and all throughout the United States. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) reports that thousands of new religion-based discrimination claims are filed every year. At Coffman Legal, our Columbus Ohio religious discrimination attorneys will ensure that you are able to work in an environment free from harassment and discrimination based on your religious beliefs. We are committed to fighting for the rights and interests of employees throughout Ohio. Unlawful workplace discrimination should not be allowed to stand unchallenged. If you or your loved one experienced on-the-job religious discrimination in Ohio, please do not hesitate to contact our Columbus law office for a free, fully confidential initial consultation.
Employees are protected from religious discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. If your employer has treated you unfairly because of your religious beliefs, you may be able to bring a legal claim against the company. Notably, federal law provides broad protections against religious discrimination. Indeed, employees who are covered by this law are also protected for their lack of a religious belief. Essentially, companies should never use religion as a basis for making any employment decisions. Whether you follow an organized religion like Christianity, Buddhism, Islam, Judaism, or another, the law forbids your employer from making religiously biased employment decisions such as:
An employer is required by law to accommodate employees’ religious beliefs and practices within reason. It is crucial that workers understand the implications of these rules—generally speaking, employees should be allowed to wear religious clothing and accessories at the workplace, even the attire in question is different from other employees. In addition, you cannot be forced to wear clothing and accessories that your religion prohibits. Exceptions exist if your beliefs and practices cause undue hardship, such as impeding on safety regulations, decreasing work efficiency, or unfairly increasing the workloads of other employees. Religious dress and grooming discrimination can be especially complex issues. If your employer refuses to accommodate your religious beliefs, practices, dress, or grooming, please be sure to contact our Columbus Ohio religious discrimination lawyers.
Your employer is not legally allowed to tell you that you must stop, change, or start a religious practice as a condition of your employment. If an employer or coworker says or does something negative regarding your religion, and this treatment is severe enough to create a hostile or abusive environment at work, you have legal rights to make this treatment stop. Under federal law, employees have a right to bring a hostile work environment claim based on religious grounds. Harassment based on religion—even if it is supposedly “joking”—is not acceptable in the workplace. In some cases, you may file a claim against your employer. If your employer tried to stop the adverse behavior but the violator continued to harass you, the claim may be against the individual. If you have experienced religious discrimination at work, contact our Columbus Ohio religious discrimination attorneys.
If an employee has certain religious beliefs, commitments, or practices, it is essential to tell the employer at the time of hire. All accommodation requests should be done in writing so that there is a paper trail. It may seem tedious, but taking all the right steps will protect you if there is ever a problem down the road. If you fail to put what is happening in writing, it could make it more challenging to protect your rights should you need to file a legal claim in the future.
Religious discrimination claims are deeply complex. Similar to other employment law cases, workers deserve fully personalized legal representation from an experienced professional. At Coffman Legal, our Columbus Ohio religious discrimination attorneys will be able to counsel you, explain your rights, and help you take legal action. Among other things, we are prepared to:
At Coffman Legal, our top-rated Ohio employment lawyers have extensive experience handling a full range of religious discrimination cases. If you are being harassed or experiencing any form of religious discrimination from your employer or from a coworker, please do not hesitate to contact us at 614-949-1181 to set up a free, fully confidential consultation with an experienced Columbus Ohio religious discrimination lawyers.