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If you have been denied work or a promotion, harassed at work, or denied an accommodation at work because of your religious beliefs or practices, or because of your lack of certain religious beliefs you may have recourse. Some states may also provide additional protections for workers against religious discrimination, and may provide additional requirements beyond those required under federal law for accommodating the religious practices of employees.Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII) and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) prohibit many employers from engaging in religious discrimination in the workplace. For more information, please see our page on state religious discrimination laws. Can I be denied employment by a religious organization on religious grounds? Can I dress according to my religious customs or beliefs on the job? Can my employer restrict my religious practices during free time at work (during my breaks or lunch hour)? Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 ("Title VII") is a federal law that protects individuals from discrimination based on religion. The EEOC has determined religion typically concerns “ultimate ideas” about “life, purpose, and death.” Social, political, or economic philosophies, as well as mere personal preferences, are not “religious” beliefs protected by Title VII.For more information, please see our page on the minimum number of employees needed to file a claim under your state law.Anti-discrimination protections apply to job applicants as well as current workers. There are typically three main forms of religious discrimination in the workplace: (1) employment decisions based on religious preference (2) harassment based on religious preferences and; (3) failing to reasonably accommodate religious practices. Some workers experiencing religious discrimination may also experience other forms of illegal discrimination, such as national origin discrimination, immigration/citizenship status discrimination, and/or race discrimination.
Could my employer be exempt from Title VII religion provisions? What are the remedies available to me if I have been discriminated against because of my religious beliefs? The law protects not only people who belong to traditional organized religions such as the Christian, Muslim, Jewish, or other faiths, but all people who have sincerely held religious, ethical, or moral beliefs.To find out more about what religious discrimination is and how you may be protected, read below: 1. Congress passed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) in 1993. In addition to the federal law, most states also have laws that make it illegal to discriminate on the basis of religion.Under the RFRA, if the Federal government passes a general law that imposes a burden on anyone's exercise of religion, the law must meet a strict scrutiny analysis where 1) the new law must act to serve a "compelling interest" and 2) the government must use the least restrictive means to achieve that compelling interest.State versions of the RFRA have been popping up all across the United States.