Many cases of workplace discrimination go completely unreported. Often, the reason given by the person who does not report it is that they did not realize that what was happening was illegal. They might have been unhappy, but they didn’t know that the other party broke the law.
While this can happen with any type of protected class — such as race or sex — let’s take a look at how it may apply to religious discrimination and harassment. This way, you’ll know what to look out for.
Have you endured any of the following issues?
No one deserves to be discriminated against based on their religion, no matter what that religion is, so watch out for the following potential issues:
- You are given different responsibilities or requirements in the job when compared to people of a different religion
- You are paid less than someone who follows a different religion
- You are given the tasks that no one else wants to do, and this happens consistently
- Co-workers or even supervisors often make jokes at your expense, poking fun at your religious beliefs
- You lose your job when workers of a different religion all keep their jobs
- You are unable to get a job in the first place, or you are passed over for promotions or new positions that open up
- Your employer refuses to make reasonable accommodations so that you can still practice your religion
Your employer does not have to share your religion, but they do have to treat you fairly. If that is not what happens in the workplace, then you need to know about all of the legal steps you can take.