Religious employees’ rights to reasonable accommodations

| Oct 4, 2019 | Workplace Discrimination |

The rules and demands of the working environment can have the potential to impact aspects of your personal life. If you are a religious person, you will deem it very important that you follow certain practices, such as dress and prayer, even during working hours. You may be hesitant to speak to your employer about this. Before you do so, you should make yourself aware of your rights.

Every worker in the United States is protected from religious discrimination in the workplace. This means that both theistic and atheistic people have the right to not be treated unfairly based on their beliefs. It also means that when it is reasonable, adjustments can be made at work to accommodate a person’s religious beliefs.

How is a “reasonable accommodation” defined?

A reasonable accommodation is any type of adjustment to the standard rules and schedules of the job being performed. All employees have the right to reasonable adjustments for a variety of purposes, whether it is due to a disability or a religious belief.

What are some examples of religious reasonable accommodation?

One example of a reasonable accommodation could be when an employee is permitted to wear certain elements of their religious dress while at work, such as a turban or jewelry.

Another reasonable accommodation could be allowing an employee to take a few minutes out of their working day to engage in prayer.

Employees have the right to reasonable accommodations as long as they do not cause their employer undue hardship. If you have been denied reasonable accommodations at work, you may be able to file a complaint of religious discrimination.