New Haven Religious Discrimination Lawyer
Facts You Need to Know About Religious Discrimination in Connecticut
Federal and state laws prohibit employers from engaging in religious discrimination
against individuals in the workplace. The Connecticut Fair Employment
Practices Act forbids "discrimination in employment on the basis
of religious creed and includes all aspects of religious observances and
practice as well as beliefs" (CT Gen. Stat. Sec. 46a-60). The act
applies to both state and private employers with three or more employees.
Under Connecticut law, it is unlawful to deny, terminate or to discriminate
against any person pertaining to compensation, terms and conditions, or
privileges of employment due to their religious affiliation. The law prohibits
employers to segregate, categorize or affect the status of employees in
any respect that may hinder them in obtaining employment opportunities
because of religion.
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Along with the common violations of religious discrimination, the law
prevents employers from discriminating against the religious clothing
and/or grooming habits of an individual. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity
Commission (EEOC) has stated in a past religious discrimination case where
"a reasonable accommodation can be made, the law prevents an employer
from requiring an employee to choose between being hired and following
his or her religious practices." Notable examples include Muslim
head coverings, Sikh turbans and facial hair, and Jewish yarmulkes.
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The law requires employers to allow and make accommodation for a genuine
religious practice on behalf of the employee. In the situation where a
company is considering the hiring of an individual who requests a day
off because of his or her religious affiliation, and the employer refuses
the individual because of that, is demonstrating religious discrimination.
Types of accommodations that are reasonable, such as not scheduling an
employee to work on a Sabbath day and allowing flexibility in the dress
code for religious garments can help protect the employee from religious
Prejudice and insensitivity to your religion is illegal, unfair and extremely
distressing personally. You have the right to equal treatment and should
expect it in the workplace. When you are the victim of this type of discrimination,
it can be difficult to determine how to best resolve it, and we can assist
you. We move forward carefully and avoid litigation when possible. Documentation
of discrimination in the workplace is important in establishing a case
against an employer, and we can send a Demand Letter or an Investigation
Letter as our first action, or engage in negotiations with your employer
to assist you to get the matter resolved. Need an attorney for religious
discrimination in New Haven? With a wealth of knowledge on the subject
of religious discrimination,
Axelrod & Associates has 47 years of combined experience fighting for religious rights in the workplace.
Put an end to religious discrimination in your workplace.
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