The attorneys of The Harman Firm, LLP are experienced in the various federal, state, and local laws that protect employees from discrimination based on their religion, including Title VII, New York State Human Rights Law, and New York City Human Rights Law
Religious discrimination can take two primary forms, disparate treatment and the failure to provide a reasonable accommodation.
Religious disparate treatment discrimination is much like discrimination based on race, gender, or any other protected category: an employer or coworker either harasses or takes an adverse action (such as firing, demoting, or reprimanding) against an employee because of that employee’s religion. We have experience advising employees who have been discriminated against for being Muslim, Jewish, Christian, and even Buddhist. It is illegal for an employer to take action against an employee because of their religion.
Religious discrimination is unique in many ways because it also includes a protection for religious accommodations. Many religious require their devotees to engage in a period of rest, wear certain garments (such as a yarmulke or a headscarf), or groom themselves in a certain way (as in the case of a Sikh beard or Rastafarian dreadlocks). Generally, an employer must accommodate an employee with these religious needs, so long as it does not place an undue hardship on the employer’s business.
The Harman Firm, LLP is prepared to assist workers who have been discriminated against or harassed because of their religious beliefs, as well as those who have been denied religious accommodations by their employers