It is illegal under both federal and state laws for an employer to discriminate against an employee based on the employee’s religious beliefs or practices (e.g., observing the Sabbath or wearing clothing prescribed by religion). These laws cover all aspects of employment, including the application process; hiring, advancement, and discharge; compensation, training, and other benefits; and reasonable accommodations to observe religious days. Sometimes religious discrimination is exacerbated by discrimination based on race or national origin. And believe it or not, religious discrimination can also be a problem for atheists.
As in the case of disability discrimination, employers are not required to make reasonable accommodations for a person’s religious beliefs or practices if doing so would create an undue hardship. Under most circumstances, however, accommodations for an employee’s religious beliefs do not create an undue hardship. If you believe you have been harassed or discriminated against based on your religion (or your lack of religious belief), please call me so we can determine how the law can help you.