Discriminating against an individual based on his or her religion is illegal.
In fact, an employer must take reasonable steps to protect against adverse treatment of you because of your religion. Your employer has a duty to reasonably accomodate for your religious beliefs, practices and observances, including your moral or ethical beliefs about what is right and wrong that you sincerely hold. You don't have to have held your beliefs for a long time, but they must be sincere.
Your religious belief must make it impossible for you to perform your job.
What constitutes a religion? Religion addresses fundamental and ultimate questions having to do with deep and imponderable matters, like the meaning of life, human nature, matters of death, etc. A religion is comprehensive in nature consisting of a belief system as opposed to an isolated tteaching. A religion can be recognized by the presence of certain formal and external signs.
Atheism, not having a religion, is also protected.
To determine whether you are protected against discrimination from your employer, there are three other things to consider:
1. Whether you are considered an employee who is covered under the law.
2. Whether your employer is subject to the anti-discrimination laws.
3. Whether your employer's conduct is considered discriminatory under the law.
4. What reason your employer discriminates against you.
If you feel you may be unlawfully discriminated against, contact us so we may review your situation with you.