Religious Discrimination of Federal Employees

Federal agencies are prohibited under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 from discriminating against employees based on numerous factors, including religious beliefs and practices. Title VII actually takes this a step further though by requiring federal agencies to provide reasonable accommodations to employees in order to facilitate the practice of their religion, so long as the accommodations would not create an undue hardship on the federal employer.

In addition to protecting employees’ rights to practice their religions, employers are also prohibited from forcing employees to participate in a religion related activity.

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What types of practices and beliefs are protected?

Title VII protects religious practices related to traditional world religions, but also protects beliefs that are more ethical or morality based, but held with the same conviction as traditional religious beliefs.

What is discrimination or harassment?

If a person’s religion is used as the basis for not hiring, not promoting, for firing or any other negative employment related actions, then that is illegal discrimination based on religion. It is also illegal to harass an employee based on his or her religion. Harassment does not include non-serious isolated incidents, but only cases where a hostile work environment is created by the behavior.

What are religious accommodations?

Religious accommodations are adjustments that allow employees to practice their religions without their job interfering. This might be related to changes in workplace attire, or scheduling.

What would be considered an undue hardship?

If the accommodation would require more than a minimal impact on the place of work, it might be an undue hardship. Thus something that is expensive for the employer, or has an adverse impact on other employees by requiring them to do more than their fair share of certain types of undesirable work, or creates an unsafe work environment, would likely be too burdensome.

I am a federal employee, and I am being discriminated for my religious beliefs at work, what should I do?

If you have been discriminated against at your place of work for your religion, you should contact the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or speak with an attorney.

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