You belong a faith community. You are practicing your religion or you grew up in the tradition of that religion. You tell us that you are being treated differently by your employer, just because the employer does not like your religion. You do your job as well or better than the next employee, but you are being paid a lower salary and denied promotions. Since your employer is treating you unfairly because of your religion, you are entitled to the protection of Federal, New York State and New York City discrimination laws which prohibit discrimination based on religion.
Religion includes all aspects of your religious observance, including your beliefs and the way you practice your religion. If you have a bona fide religious belief that conflicts with a requirement of the employer, you need to inform the employer of that belief and why the belief conflicts with the employment requirement. Don’t rely on the fact that you wear a religious symbol, such as a head covering. And don’t resign before you reach out to the employer for a reasonable accommodation, if you need one for your religious practices.
Under Federal, New York State and New York City discrimination laws which prohibit discrimination based on religion, you are entitled to a reasonable accommodation for your religious practices, so long as you are being reasonable about the accommodation that you request, and the accommodation does not impose an unreasonable hardship on the employer. For example, there might be some changes in your current position that could accommodate your religious beliefs, or you could transfer to another position, which is reasonably comparable, so that the conflicts between your religious practices and workplace requirements can be reduced or eliminated. You and your employer need to work in a cooperative way to see if a reasonable solution to the conflict can be worked out. You tell us that you have asked for reasonable breaks in the day for religious practices or for time off for holy days, and have explained to the employer how you will continue to perform the essential functions of your job. But your employer says that your reasonable requests will not be accommodated. This is against the law.
Sometimes you tell us that you are subjected to a hostile environment based on your religion. People are making hurtful comments about your religion, or they use code words. But you and the harasser know what they mean. You don't have to spell it out when you want to insult someone because of their religion. A hostile environment based on religious discrimination is illegal under Federal Law, New York State Law, and New York City Law.
In our more than 25 years of experience, we have been helped many employees subjected to religious discrimination and to a hostile environment based on religious discrimination, and we will be your lawyer for negotiations or a court suit in New York State Courts or New York City so that injustice is stopped.
Contact us online or call us at (212) 949-1001 for a free initial consultation today to review whether your New York City employer has subjected you to discrimination based on your religion.