Common Questions about discrimination based on your religion:

What is a religious observance or practice?

Religious observances or practices include, for example, attending worship services, praying, wearing religious garb or symbols, displaying religious objects, adhering to certain dietary rules, proselytizing or other forms of religious expression, or refraining from certain activities.

Can my employer treat me differently because the business’s customers are hostile to my religion?

No.  If an employer takes an action based on the discriminatory religious preferences of others, including customers, clients, or co-workers, the employer is unlawfully discriminating in employment based on religion. Customer preference is not a defense to a claim of discrimination.

Can my employer treat me differently because my religion requires me to dress in a specific manner or groom myself in a specific manner?

No. Title VII requires an employer, once it is aware that a religious accommodation is needed, to accommodate an employee whose sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance conflicts with a work requirement, unless doing so would pose an undue hardship. Therefore, when an employer's dress and grooming policy or preference conflicts with an employee's known religious beliefs or practices, the employer must make an exception to allow the religious practice unless that would be an undue hardship on the operation of the employer's business. 

No matter the problem your employer may have regarding your religious practices, before you can pursue your legal rights in a Court of law, you and the employer will needed to have some sort of conversation to attempt to work out the problem.

If you have had that conversation and your employer did not accommodate your religious needs, click on the link below and fill out the form and tell us about your experience.

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