Religious Discrimination

If you have been discriminated against in your employment because of your religion, a Religion Employment Discrimination Lawyer in Texas may be able to assist you in the cities of Dallas, Houston, Austin, Fort Worth, San Antonio, El Paso or almost anywhere in Texas. An experienced attorney at the Pursley Law Firm has successfully represented Texas clients that have suffered employment discrimination due to their religion.

Discrimination because of religious beliefs is illegal according to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. There are several provisions listed that show employers are required to try and provide reasonable accommodation for an employee to practice their religion as long as they do not cause the employer "undue" hardship. One provision states that employers may not treat applicants or employees better or worse than other employees because of their religious beliefs and/or practices - except to the extent they can make a religious accommodation. For example, an employer may not refuse to hire individuals of a certain religion, or may not impose more or different work requirements on an employee because of that employee's religious beliefs or practices.

This may seem odd to most Americans, but employees cannot be forced to participate -- or be purposely excluded -- in a religious activity (like a Christmas party) as a condition of employment or for positive performance reviews. However, employers must also reasonably accommodate an employee's earnestly held religious practices unless doing so would impose a gratuitous hardship on the employer. Any adjustment to the workplace would be considered a logical religious accommodation and will allow the employee to practice his religion. An employer might do something like: modification of grooming requirements, job reassignments and lateral transfers, flexible scheduling, voluntary substitutions or swaps, and other work related practices, policies and/or procedures.

An employer can show undue hardship if the accommodation for an employee's religious beliefs/practices requires more than average administrative costs, decreases fellow employees' job efficiency or causes a co-worker(s) to bear the accommodated employee's share of potentially unsafe or arduous work, interferes with other employees' job benefits or rights, diminishes workplace safety, or if the planned adjustment conflicts with another law or regulation. With the above in mind, an employer is required by Title VII to allow employees to engage in religious expression and may not place restrictions on religious expression without comparable restrictions on other forms of expression. As with other types of employment discrimination, an employer should do as much as possible to prevent harassment of their employees because of religious expression. An effective anti-harassment policy with an efficient procedure for reporting and resolving the harassing conduct should be an enforced standard in all companies. Retaliation against an employee involved in any type of religious discrimination charge is also illegal under Title VII.

In the Fiscal Year 2005, EEOC received 2,340 charges of religious discrimination. EEOC resolved 2,352 religious discrimination charges and recovered $6.1 million in monetary benefits for charging parties and other aggrieved individuals (not including monetary benefits obtained through litigation). Since 2001, there has also been a rise in claims filed by Arabs, Muslims, Sikh, or South Asian employees against companies they legally work for in the US that have harassed and then discharged them for no apparent reason other than their religion or national origin.

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