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Religious Discrimination

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 & Kleinfeldt, 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 & Kleinfeldt, P.C. has offices in Hackensack, Bergen County, New Jersey and Rockland County, New York.

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Neil H. Deutsch

Neil H. Deutsch has been practicing law for over 35 years and is known as a skilled negotiator in employment and discrimination law. He believes in a bottom-line approach of risk analysis and cost effectiveness for his clients. "Case evaluation is something we take seriously," says Mr. Deutsch who seeks top net dollar for his…

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Bruce L. Atkins
Senior Partner

Bruce L. Atkins is the Senior Managing Partner at Deutsch Atkins & Kleinfeldt P.C., a prominent plaintiff employment law firm in the tri-state area. Mr. Atkins believes employees’ rights should be aggressively pursued when they’ve been wrongfully dealt with by their employers. He brings this philosophy to his practice when considering each case and its…

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Adam J. Kleinfeldt

Adam J. Kleinfeldt joined Deutsch Atkins & Kleinfeldt, P.C. in March of 2015.  He primarily represents individuals in employment litigation such as discrimination, retaliation and whistle blowing matters. He has extensive experience in all phases of the litigation process. Adam has obtained significant results for his clients, including a $525,000 jury verdict in a sexual…

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Debra M. McGarvey

Debra M. McGarvey joined Deutsch Atkins & Kleinfeldt, P.C. in December 2019. She has extensive experience defending employees and employers in state and federal court in employment litigation matters. She has represented clients on various issues arising out of the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (NJLAD), the New Jersey Conscientious Employee Protection Act (CEPA), the…

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Carly Skarbnik Meredith

Carly Skarbnik Meredith, Esq. is a Partner at the firm. Carly has focused her career exclusively in the field of employment law. She has a plethora of experience representing both employees and employers with their employment issues, needs, and concerns. She believes representing both employees and employers has made her an extremely well-rounded client advocate.…


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