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Workplace Religious Discrimination Suits on the Rise

By August 30, 2007

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Under the Civil Rights act of 1964, employers are prohibited from discriminating against workers on the basis of religion when it comes to hiring and firing. However, more and more people are beginning to file lawsuits in religious discrimination cases. In this post-9/11 world, it's no surprise, really, that there's some hostility towards non-Christian employees. Workplace bias against Muslims, in particular, has been on the rise.

Problem is, the definition of religious discrimination can vary, depending on the size of the company you work for and the financial impact that accomodating your needs may have on the employer.

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  • While you may not have any control over how your employer thinks or believes, you do have control over how your own responses. Make sure you educate yourself about what constitutes religious discrimination, and what legal recourse you have in your own state.
    August 30, 2007 at 11:25 pm
    (1) Mutton says:

    I work as an employee in the public schools in a VERY traditional small town school system. A tiny handful of co-workers know of my daughters choice to be Wiccan,and I was quickly warned not to speak of it or even say the word Wicca as the staff and community would very likely run me out of town… what would they do if they were aware that I also have chosen the Wiccan way -its terrifying to think of nthe fallout from this info leaking out. I have had to warn my 6th grader not to bring it up – even to her very best friends *some of whom are fundamentalist Christian)… Freedom of religion is just not as free as you might think in the USA…at least not for me.

    August 31, 2007 at 3:00 pm
    (2) Randy says:

    I too have seen the discrimination that is practiced by the religious fanatics that say that they worship a “loving god” and talk about how “muslims are evil” and they destroy others lives because I dont believe like they do or allow the local preacher to tell me how to live.

    September 24, 2007 at 5:59 pm
    (3) Jim says:

    I am employed as a civilian in a police dept. hard enough, a couple years ago I had accidently left my book wicca for men in my work truck. I’m sure someone found it because ever since then my troop commander and the Colonel have been discriminating against and harrassing me. Just to let you know all of those in the supervisory management position are catholic. Our department chaplin is a Father. I actually get along quite well the father but, it seems that the troop commander and col. are a different story. I am looking to bring suit against them since this has had anegative impact on my pay and promotion now and in the future.

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