Religious Discrimination in the Workplace

It is painful to be treated poorly at work simply because of your religious devotion. However, legally speaking, it is not always easy to tell if mistreatment falls under the classification of "religious discrimination in the workplace." If you are in the Michigan area, a lawyer at Fagan McManus, P.C., can talk with you about your personal discriminatory experience -- and what you can do about it.

3 Types of Religious Discrimination

The federal government has a comprehensive and well-defined standard for behaviors that constitute religious discrimination in the workplace. According to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, there are three main types of religious discrimination that you can legally challenge.

The first type, hostile work environment discrimination, describes a workplace in which your employer insults, threatens or abuses you because of your religious convictions, or your boss allows your co-workers to do so.

The second type of religious discrimination, disparate treatment, involves unfair treatment or policies at the workplace that affect you because of your faith. Disparate treatment might be applicable whether you are pursuing a position; executing work responsibilities; or, being overlooked for career opportunities or benefits as a result of your religion.

The third kind, disparate impact discrimination, refers to the business requirements or standards that you cannot employ because such practices go against your faith.

What should you do?

All companies should be aware of Title VII and state equivalent laws. If you have been discriminated against at the workplace on the basis of your religious devotion, you may be able to file an U. S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) complaint or charge. You can do this with the help of a legal professional.

How We Can Help

Having an attorney at your side for an employment discrimination claim is crucial. Not only can EEOC paperwork and deadlines be confusing and complex, but also, employers may hire their own attorneys who will attempt to discredit you and your professional reputation. We can also represent you against an employer in litigation after the EEOC or state agency concludes its investigation into your discrimination claim.

Contact the attorneys of Fagan McManus, P.C., who specialize in cases of employment discrimination, including religious discrimination, in the Michigan area. A free initial consultation to discuss your case is part of our service.