Though the United States is supposed to be a country founded on freedom of religion, the unfortunate reality is that many people still face discrimination in the workplace based on what they believe. There are laws against this, but it still happens.
Fortunately, you don’t have to accept it. You have rights and there are steps you can take. To make the abuse stop, but first you need to identify that it’s happening. While every case is different, here are a few examples:
- Your boss segregates you from the rest of the workforce based on your religion. For instance, maybe you want to work at the front desk, but your boss cites concerns about what customers will think and instead only lets you work in the back.
- You get paid less than other employees who do the same job, with the same hours, and who have the same qualifications. The only difference is that they have a different religion than you, and they earn more because of it.
- You get passed over for promotions based on your religion. You know that you’re the most qualified, but your supervisors do not want someone of your religion rising up the corporate ladder.
- You get demoted or even fired when they find out your religion. Maybe you never mentioned it when you got hired. Despite being a good employee, when it finally comes up, it leads to the immediate termination of your position.
Against, every case is unique and these are by no means all of the ways that discrimination happens. If you do feel like your rights have been violated, it’s time to find out what next steps to take.