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Religious Discrimination in the Workplace

Your religious beliefs are protected from illegal treatment in the workplace. If you are discriminated against because of your religious beliefs, New Jersey law offers protection.

Covered religious beliefs are broadly defined and include the following:

  • Those who belong to a faith or attend a place of worship
  • Non-believers
  • Those who associate with members of a particular religion
  • Those who are thought to be of a particular religion even if they are not
  • Those who hold serious moral or ethical beliefs

Your rights at work

Your religious beliefs should not be used to deny you any employment, traineeship, or apprenticeship. Nor can you be fired or treated differently because of your religious beliefs. You have the right to equal treatment for pay and all benefits.

An exception exists for jobs that are under the aegis of religious organizations or associations. In those positions, employers may require a particular religious affiliation without running afoul of the law.

You are protected from harassment at work based on your religious beliefs. Religious slurs and comments about your religious clothing are illegal.

Employers must make accommodation for time off for religious observances. However there are certain situations where accommodation does not need to be made such as where the accommodation would be an undue hardship on the business.

If you have questions about religious discrimination in your workplace or if you believe you have been discriminated against because of your religious beliefs contact New Jersey employment lawyers for help.

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