Discrimination Based
on Religion

You Have the Right to a Workplace Free from Religious Discrimination

It is unlawful under Massachusetts and federal law to treat people differently and worse because of their religion. A person’s religion should not be the basis of an employer’s hiring decisions, or decisions about workplace conduct, discipline, advancement, or termination.

In addition to requiring employers to treat all employees fairly without regard to their religious affiliations or beliefs, the law requires employers to make reasonable accommodations to employees’ religious observances and practices. That means that employers must make reasonable efforts to allow time off for employees to take part in religious observances, and should try to craft schedules that recognize the religious practices of employees, where possible. It also may mean that employers should be flexible, if possible, in enforcing dress codes that infringe on religious garb or appearance requirements. Employers are also prohibited by law from retaliating against employees who ask for accommodation in the workplace to their sincerely held religious beliefs.

Cases based on discrimination on the basis of religion, or failure to accommodate religious practices, can be difficult to analyze. If you believe that you have been treated unfairly because of your religion, we can help you understand your rights. You should be aware that deadlines for acting under state and federal laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of religion may be short. We can assist you in seeking justice. Contact us to set up an appointment today.