The freedom of religion is one of the founding ideas behind the United States, and it is not lawful for employers to discriminate against people based on their religion. There is the expectation that many people will have different faiths in this “melting pot” of a country, and everyone should have equal opportunities.
If you are wondering if you’re being discriminated against, consider the following examples:
Firing employees upon learning their religion
You were hired without revealing your religion to anyone. As you grew more comfortable in the workplace, you told some of your co-workers. Your boss eventually found out and decided to fire you immediately, even though you had done a great job as a new employee.
Only hiring people of a certain religion
You apply for a job and they tell you that they have a certain “company culture” to uphold. You don’t get the job. It becomes clear to you that everyone who works there is of the exact same religion and is very vocal about it. Their talk about company culture is just an excuse.
Making things harder for those of a specific religion
You get the job, but you’re not treated fairly. You always get the tasks that no one wants. You earn less than other employees. Promotions are always given to others. They even have a dress code that specifically targets religious items that you would like to wear.
Keep in mind that these are only three examples out of many potential ways that discrimination can creep into the workplace. If any of this happens to you, make sure you know what legal steps you can take.