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What does religious discrimination at work look like?

Many people working in Michigan wonder why it is so difficult for them to identify workplace discrimination. In some cases, victims need their jobs and simply wish or hope that they are imagining the discrimination. Other times, workers know deep down, but they choose to put the matter out of their minds. Again, the need to work and earn an income often means ignoring any suspicions workers may have about workplace discrimination.

One of the most tragic forms of discrimination at work involves unfair treatment of employees because of their religious beliefs and practices. While it might be difficult for others to understand a faith outside of their own, unfair treatment in a work situation is still wrong. In an effort to help potential victims identify religious discrimination at work, below are four examples of wrongful behaviors.

  • Harassing you about your religion (e.g., making derogatory comments)
  • Segregating you from others because of your religious practices (e.g., giving you a position away from the public because of religious attire)
  • Denying you reasonable religious accommodations (e.g., not allowing a Muslim woman to wear a headscarf)
  • Forcing you to participate in religious activities (e.g., demanding that Jewish employees participate in Christmas activities)

If the practice of your faith at work places an undue hardship on your employer, you might not be a victim of workplace discrimination. To find out for sure, you may wish to talk to an attorney who can provide you with clarity about your work situation. If you have been the victim of discrimination, you may be able to take legal action against your employer.

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