Florida Religious Discrimination Attorney
Representing Employees Facing Religious Discrimination in the Workplace
Religious discrimination in the workplace is a serious issue that many employees face every day. It can take on many forms, such as refusing to hire someone because of their religious beliefs or denying them promotion opportunities due to their religion. We understand how difficult it is for employees facing discrimination in the workplace and we’re here to help.
Our experienced legal team will work diligently to protect your workplace rights. We understand the complex laws surrounding religious discrimination and are well-versed in all aspects of employment law. If you believe that you’re the victim of religious discrimination in the workplace, contact us for a confidential consultation. Our knowledgeable and experienced team will be ready to answer any questions you may have and guide you through the entire process.
What is Religious Discrimination?
In Florida, it’s illegal for an employer to discriminate against an employee or job applicant on the basis of their religion. This includes hiring, firing, promotions, pay, and any other terms or conditions of employment. Additionally, employers are required to make reasonable accommodations for an employee’s religious practices or beliefs, unless doing so would create an undue hardship for the employer.
It is important to note that religious discrimination can also include treating an employee unfairly because of their lack of a particular religion or because they are affiliated with a particular religious organization.
Examples of Religious Discrimination
Religious discrimination can take many forms. Some of the more common examples include:
- Refusing to hire someone because of their religion
- Terminating an employee because of their religious or moral beliefs or practices
- Denying an employee a promotion because of their religion
- Paying an employee less because of their religion
- Harassing an employee because of their religion
- Refusing to accommodate an employee’s religious practices or beliefs, unless doing so would create an undue hardship for the employer
- Segregating or isolating an employee because of their religion
- Treating an employee unfairly because of their lack of a particular religion
- Using religious criteria in employment decisions, such as requiring a certain religion for a particular job
- Discriminating against an employee because they associate with someone of a particular religion, or because they are married to someone of a particular religion
Laws Protecting Employees Against Religious Discrimination
In Florida, you’re protected by both state and federal laws that prohibit discrimination based on religion.
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is the primary federal law that protects employees from religious discrimination and requires employers to make reasonable accommodations for an employee’s sincerely held religious beliefs.
Florida Civil Rights Act
The Florida Civil Rights Act provides additional protection against religious discrimination in the state of Florida. This law prohibits employers from refusing to hire, terminating, or discriminating against any person based on their religion.
Workplace Accommodations for Religious Beliefs
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 requires employers to make reasonable accommodations for an employee’s sincerely held religious beliefs, practices, and observances as long as doing so does not create an undue hardship for the employer.
The definition of “reasonable accommodation” can vary depending on the circumstances, but examples may include:
- Allowing an employee to take time off for religious holidays
- Modifying the employee’s schedule to allow for religious observances
- Allowing the employee to wear certain religious clothing or symbols at work
- Providing a private space for the employee to pray or meditate during the workday
- Modifying the employee’s job duties to eliminate tasks that conflict with the employee’s religious beliefs
It is important to note that an employer is not required to make an accommodation if doing so would create an undue hardship for the business. This may include situations where:
- The accommodation is too expensive
- The accommodation would be disruptive to the business’s operations
- The accommodation would pose a safety risk
Next Steps if You’ve Been Discriminated Against
Document the Discrimination
If you believe that you have been the victim of religious discrimination in the workplace, it’s important to document any evidence you can. This may include emails, text messages, or other written communications from your employer. Additionally, take notes on any conversations that took place regarding your religion, and be sure to record who was involved in the conversation.
Report the Discrimination
If you feel comfortable doing so, you may want to report the issue to your employer. Your employer is required to take any complaints of discrimination seriously and may be able to resolve the issue internally.
Seek Legal Help
If you don’t feel comfortable reporting the discrimination to your employer, they fail to take action, or if the discrimination continues, you may want to consider reaching out to an experienced Florida religious discrimination lawyer. An attorney will be able to help you determine the best course of action for your situation and will fight to protect your workplace rights.
Contact Us for a Free Consultation
At Yormak Employment & Disability Law, we understand how difficult it can be to face religious discrimination in the workplace. Benjamin Yormak is one of the few board-certified employment law experts in Florida, and our team is dedicated to helping employees protect their rights. If you believe that you’ve been the victim of religious discrimination, contact us for a confidential consultation today. We’re ready to fight for your rights and ensure you get the justice you deserve.