You have the right to be treated equally regardless of your religion (or lack of religious belief). The law protects not only people who belong to traditional, organized religions, such as Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism, but also others who have sincerely held religious beliefs.

Your employer is not allowed to segregate you based on religion, such as assigning you to non-customer service positions because of an actual or feared negative customer reaction. You have the right to reasonable religious accommodations, unless doing so would impose an undue burden on business operations. This means that your employer may be required to make adjustments to the workplace that would allow you to practice your religion, such as flexible schedules, shift substitutions, or exceptions to dress and grooming rules.

You have the right to file a complaint or a Charge of Discrimination, participate in an employment discrimination investigation or lawsuit, or oppose harassment or discrimination without being retaliated against by your employer.

What this means for you

Employers are not allowed to discriminate against you because of:

  • your sincerely held religious beliefs,
  • marriage or association with an individual of a particular religion, or
  • dress or grooming practices you follow for religious reasons.

Examples of discrimination

In general, this means that you cannot be:

  • fired,
  • rejected for a job or promotion,
  • given lesser assignments,
  • forced to take leave, or
  • otherwise disciplined

because of your religion.

Questions? We’re here to help.

We are committed to helping you understand your rights as a worker. Many questions about your rights may be answered by using the following elaws (Employment Laws Assistance for Workers and Small Businesses) Advisors:

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) work together to coordinate investigations of complaints.

For additional assistance, please contact:

Learn about filing a complaint

We’ll help you decide what to do next and determine whether filing a complaint is the best course of action. You must file a complaint within a certain timeframe to take further legal action, so it is best to begin the process early.

Please note that it is illegal for your employer to fire, demote, harass, or otherwise retaliate against you for reporting an issue to the OFCCP or EEOC.

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