New York is a bustling city that contains people of all backgrounds and creeds. This is the same sort of formation that most modern workplaces take. Unfortunately, people do have their differences and in a minority of cases, these can be founded upon discrimination.
One of the more common forms of discrimination is motivated by religion. This is both unlawful and extremely hurtful for those on the receiving end. But what does religious discrimination in the workplace look like?
Physical attacks and verbal abuse
Physical attacks are very rare at work but they do happen. Whether or not an attack is discriminatory in nature depends on the circumstances. If someone has been singled out because of their religion and attacked as a result, this is discrimination.
Verbal abuse is much more common than physical attacks. Any degrading comments aimed at the religious practices or garments of an individual are classified as discrimination.
Failure to accommodate
It’s important that employers try to accommodate workers of all backgrounds to the best of their ability. In some cases, certain religions mandate prayer various time of the day. If feasible, employers should try and accommodate this. A failure to do so could result in legal action. Discrimination can even go as far as terminating a worker’s position because of their religion. This is illegal.
Any worker who is facing such hostility at work should note hesitate to take action and seek legal guidance on what recourse options are available.