Your religion is an important part of your life, so it follows that it may come up in your workplace. Many Minnesotans are devoted to their religion and live their lives in accordance with their religion’s moral code. This may mean observing religious holidays, taking time to pray during the day, wearing certain garments, or abstaining from eating certain foods. Employers in Minnesota must provide reasonable accommodations to allow their employees to honor these religious traditions.
If your employer has openly discriminated against your religion – by not allowing you to wear a holy garment in the workplace, for example – or if you’ve faced harassment due to your beliefs, Schaefer Halleen’s religious discrimination lawyers can help you hold your company accountable. We believe no one is above the law, especially the federal laws put in place to protect employees’ religious beliefs and help them feel safe and supported at work. We’ll challenge the religious discrimination, harassment, or retaliation you’re facing in the workplace and make it clear to your current or former employees that they will be held accountable for their illegal actions.
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Religious Discrimination Laws Minnesota
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employers from discriminating against employees based on several protected classes, one of which is their religion. This applies to hiring, firing, and every other step of the employment process. In addition, employers must accommodate their employees’ religious beliefs and practices, including flexible scheduling, job reassignments, and exceptions to dress codes and grooming rules.
As an employee, you must request an accommodation because of your religion; your employer simply needs prior knowledge of your religious beliefs. However, you’re only required to provide adequate information about your request; there aren’t any “magic words” you must use to be entitled to an accommodation. If your employer denies your request, contact our team of lawyers to discuss next steps.
The Civil Rights Act also protects employees from harassment based on their religion. Harassment includes offensive remarks, the use of slurs, and physical violence, in addition to any other actions that make the employee feel unsafe. If you have reported being harassed and your supervisor has declined to take action, your rights have been violated. This behavior may be grounds for a discrimination lawsuit. Schaefer Halleen’s attorneys are always available to help you determine whether a religious discrimination lawsuit is in your best interest.
Minneapolis Religious Discrimination Lawyers
A religious discrimination lawsuit may seem daunting, but our attorneys will be here to support you through the entire process. We’re confident in our cases, and will work exceptionally hard to help you obtain the outcome you deserve. Religious discrimination in the workplace often illicits a settlement offer; some companies would prefer to resolve the matter quietly and out of court. Schaefer Halleen’s workplace discrimination attorneys are committed to achieving your ideal resolution, whether that is accepting a settlement or taking your case to court.
Religious Discrimination Lawyers Minneapolis, MN
If you’re being discriminated at work because of your religion, or if your requests for reasonable accommodations are being ignored, you should contact our local religious discrimination attorneys to discuss your options. They may include pursuing a legal claim in court, filing a complaint with a government enforcement agency such as the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission and the Minnesota Department of Human Rights, and/or demanding corrective action from your current or former employer. Contact our attorneys to confidentially share your story with us.
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