NYC Religious Discrimination Attorneys
Religious freedom is a founding principle of our nation and the State of New York, and part of this belief is that everyone has the right to practice their religion without their religious beliefs affecting their other rights. This includes the right to employment in New York. Nevertheless, it’s ignorant to think that religious discrimination doesn’t occur in some New York City workplaces. That’s why our NYC religious discrimination attorneys support victims of religious discrimination by offering expert and experienced-backed legal counsel, guidance, and representation.
If you were a victim of workplace discrimination based on your religious beliefs, we at Hoffmaier & Hoffmaier will diligently litigate for your rights and aim to hold the responsible individual or entities accountable for their actions. For a free, no-obligation consultation, call our NYC employment law firm today at (212) 777-9400.
What is Religious Discrimination?
Religious discrimination in New York City workplaces can occur in a number of ways, and when religious discrimination occurs, as it’s defined by law, it’s always illegal. Federal laws state that employers with 15 or more employees cannot discriminate on the basis of an employee’s or a job applicant’s religious beliefs. New York State and New York City laws also provide similar protections to employers with four or more employees.
Some specific examples of religious discrimination may include:
- Derogatory comments or depictions regarding members of a certain religion, which may lead to a hostile work environment
- Scheduling important activities, tests, or exercises that conflict with an employee’s religious practice
- Preventing an employee’s ability to contact clients because of that employee’s religious clothing
- Forbidding hairstyles or religious-related clothing
- Firing an employee for taking time off for observance of a religious holiday
- Making certain programs mandatory that conflict with a person’s religious beliefs
- Refusing to accommodate certain religious practices, as long as that accommodation doesn’t present an undue burden on the employer
- Denying employment, pay raises, or other benefits to an employee because of his/her religious practices
As such, religious discrimination can occur in every part of the employment process, from hiring to considerations for promotion. Discrimination can also come in the form of harassment or a hostile work environment.
Reasonable Accommodation for Religious Beliefs
As mentioned, an employer may freely practice his/her religious beliefs as long as those beliefs don’t present an undue burden on the employer. In other words, employers must “reasonably accommodate” an employee’s religious beliefs. If a religious practice or belief requires only minor changes to an environment, it is generally considered to be a reasonable accommodation. When determining whether a belief or practice presents an undue hardship, it’s important to look at certain factors, including:
- The type of workplace
- The nature of the employee’s duties
- If there are any related costs relative to the size and budget of the employer
- The effect of an accommodation on the employer’s business
- The number of people who need accommodation
- The effect on workplace safety
- And whether the accommodation conflicts with other laws
Call the Employment Law Attorneys at Hoffmaier & Hoffmaier
Religious discrimination is illegal in New York State and NYC, and there are specific laws that employers violate when they commit religious discrimination, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In New York, religious discrimination protections come from the federal agency EEOC as well as state agencies such as the New York Division of Human Rights and the New York City Commission on Civil Rights.
Therefore, if you were discriminated against because of your religion, it’s essential to speak up and contact and experienced, compassionate, and professional NYC religious discrimination attorney. At Hoffmaier & Hoffmaier, our employment law attorneys provide expert legal counsel to help you file a lawsuit for religious discrimination, and we’ll represent your case every step of the way through New York City and new York courts. For a free, no-obligation consultation with our Manhattan law firm, call us today at (212) 777-9400.