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Birmingham Religious Discrimination Attorneys
We Defend Religious Freedom for Workers Across Alabama
Although freedom of religion is a founding principle of our nation and guaranteed under the First Amendment to the Constitution, many workers are still harassed, persecuted, or discriminated against because of their religious beliefs. At Michel | King, we are committed to using our superior legal skills and extensive knowledge of the law to help workers fight back against the mistreatment they have experienced because of their sincerely held religious beliefs. If you have experienced adverse employment action that you believe is the result of your strongly-held religious convictions, then please please get in touch with our firm so we can get to work for you.
Religious Discrimination Laws
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects against employment discrimination on religious grounds. Under this law, employers with 15 or more employees can’t take adverse actions against an employee based on their religion.
Actions covered by this law include:
- Job assignments
- Opportunities for advancement
Which Religions Are Covered by Law?
An employee does not need to belong to a large, denominational religion to benefit from religious discrimination laws. Whether the employee is Christian, Jewish, Muslim, or another less traditional religious group, they are legally protected as long as they have “sincerely held” beliefs.
Reasonable Accommodation for Religious Beliefs or Practices
Employers must reasonably accommodate an employee's religious beliefs or practices if it would not cause a burden on the operations of the employer's business.
Common religious accommodations for employees include:
- Voluntary shift substitutions or swaps
- Flexible scheduling
- Job reassignments
- Modifications to workplace policies or practices
Common Examples of Religious Discrimination in the Workplace
The following are common examples of discrimination employees might face because of their religion:
- Refusing to make reasonable accommodations
- Firing an employee for wearing religious attire that doesn't pose a safety risk or violates health department regulations
- Intimidation or threats based on religious beliefs
- Banning specific religious clothing or items
- Firing, refusing to hire or promote, and other negative actions based on religion
- Paying an employee less than other workers because of their religious beliefs
- Scheduling employees to work on religious holidays they observe
Clients in Birmingham Turn to Us to Fight for Their Rights
If you believe your religious freedom has been severely limited or attacked by your employer, then please get in touch with Michel | King today so we can discuss your situation and explain all of your options for pursuing justice. We will listen to all of your concerns so we can build a strong legal strategy to protect your rights and best interests.