Among other types of discrimination, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII), the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (NJ LAD), and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act (PHRA) prohibit discrimination based on race, nationality, and skin color. These laws also make it illegal for employers to discriminate based on an individual’s religious customs. Employers are required to reasonably accommodate an employee’s religious beliefs, as long as doing so does not impose an undue hardship on the employer.
Individuals may experience racial discrimination and religious discrimination in a variety of different ways. This discrimination may occur directly as a result of stereotyping, prejudice and bias. It may also occur more subtly in the form of differential treatment.
Examples of racial and religious discrimination include:
- Failure to hire, train, mentor or promote an individual based on race or religion
- Blaming an individual for workplace accidents, errors, or mistakes because of the individual’s race or religion
- Perpetrating misconceptions about an individual because of the individual’s race or religion
- Suggesting “preferred” individuals for employment positions or promotions because of race or religion (promoting one race or religion over another)
- Paying equally-qualified employees in the same position different salaries because of race or religion
- Being denied a position on the basis of race or religion
- Being treated noticeably different with respect to the conditions and benefits of employment because of the individual’s race or religion
- Being treated noticeably different than other employees because of the individual’s disability
- Preventing you from having contact with clients because of your skin color or religious attire (such as a burqa, turban, or yarmulke)
In addition to the above, an employer’s refusal to provide a religious accommodation (without any showing of undue hardship) and retaliating against an individual for requesting an accommodation are also examples of religious discrimination.
If your employer has discriminated against you on the basis of your race or religion, do not hesitate to contact us. We will fiercely and effectively fight for you. The Law Firm of Jacobson & Rooks LLC is on the employee’s side. To learn more about us and our success against employers who have violated our clients’ rights, contact us by phone at (800) 406-8013 or via email.