Religion in the workplace

During the holiday season it can be hard for individuals to avoid religion in their places of work. People who share work spaces in Glendale may celebrate a variety of religious experiences while others may choose not to recognize any religious traditions at all. Under the First Amendment to the United States Constitution a person has the right to freedom of religion, or if they choose, no religion at all.

However, religion in the workplace can be a problem any day of the year. When an employee is harassed or denied occupational opportunities because of their affiliation with a religion then they may be the victim of religious discrimination. Religious discrimination is prohibited in employment under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

When an employer is made aware that their employee may require an accommodation in order to practice their religion, that employer must provide such accommodation unless doing so would present the employer with an undue hardship. Accommodations can vary but may include allowing an employee to modify their schedule to attend religious services or permitting an employee a break in order to participate in regular prayer.

If, however, an employee's religious convictions are not sincerely held, an employer may have grounds to deny the employee's request for religious accommodation. It is important for individuals facing questions of sincerely held religious beliefs and other accommodation-related employment issues to consult with discrimination attorneys in order to understand their options.

Religion is one way that diversity exists in American workplaces. In some places, though, religion is a divisive element that creates harassment and derision between workers and their employers. Protection from religious discrimination and harassment at work is available to individuals under state and federal law.