New Jersey Attorneys Oppose Religious Discrimination
Asserting the rights of believers and nonbelievers in the workplace
Religious liberty is one of the fundamental tenets of the United States; it is the first freedom protected in the Bill of Rights. Yet many American citizens and permanent residents find their religious freedoms under assault in the workplace. They face discrimination in hiring and advancement and a hostile work environment. They are also denied basic accommodations for their required practices and observances. This is especially true for recent Asian, African and Middle Eastern immigrants whose religious traditions are unfamiliar to the majority of Americans. Fortunately, Deutsch Atkins, P.C. provides aggressive representation for employees facing religious discrimination in the workplace. We can assist you with getting judicial and administrative remedies that may include:
- Monetary damages to compensate you for the infringement of your rights
- Injunctive relief ordering a change in the way you’ve been treated
- Reinstatement after a wrongful termination
Proving religious discrimination in a New Jersey workplace
State and federal laws protect you from religious discrimination in employment, but only if you can prove that it was the reason you received unfair treatment. Our NJ discrimination attorneys thoroughly investigate the circumstances of your case to uncover any employer actions that suggest discrimination was at play:
- Hiring — When you apply for a job, it is unlawful for an employer (unless it is a religious association or organization) to ask you about your religious beliefs or practices or whether you are affiliated with a religious institution.
- At work — It is unlawful for an employer to harass or allow harassment because of an employee’s religious beliefs.
- Accommodations — Employers must allow reasonable modifications in workplace attire and scheduling to accommodate an employee’s mandatory religious practices, unless such accommodations would cause undue hardship to the business.
Many employees face discrimination after a fervent conversion prompts them to take their faith more seriously. Jewish men who begin wearing a yarmulke or Muslim women who adopt the hijab may perceive a change in attitude toward them and begin to experience adverse employment actions or harassment. It is important to document instances of discriminatory behavior to establish a pattern of hostility.
Contact our NJ discrimination lawyers for religious rights violations
If you’ve faced hostility or adverse employment actions because of your religious affiliation, you may have a legal claim for unlawful discrimination. Call 551.245.8894 or contact our offices to discuss your case with an experienced employment lawyer. Deutsch Atkins, P.C. has offices in Hackensack, Bergen County, New Jersey; Rockland County, New York; and Midtown Manhattan.