The law protects a person’s rights to have equal opportunities in employment no matter what their religious beliefs may be. Federal law and Nevada state law both strictly prohibit employers from discriminating against employees in any manner based on their religious beliefs. The law even goes further and gives employees the rights to certain reasonable accommodations that allow them to practice their chosen religion.
Any violation of the law can result in harmful discrimination that may not only affect a person’s financial situation but that can also cause emotional harm. At the law office of HKM Employment Attorneys, we assist employees who believe that they have been unlawfully discriminated against in the workplace based on their religion or other designated factors. If you would like to discuss a potential case with a skilled employment attorney, please contact us today.
Religious Discrimination Under the Law
It is unlawful for an employer to discriminate in any type of employment decision based on an employee’s sincerely held religious beliefs and this includes the following actions:
- Decisions regarding wages or benefits;
- Promotions or demotions;
- Pay increases or decreases;
- Job assignments or transfers;
Employers are also not permitted to segregate employees based on their religion or to allow employees to be harassed due to their religious beliefs. Unfortunately, religious discrimination and harassment continue to happen on a regular basis in workplaces in and around the Las Vegas area. If an employer engages in any unlawful discrimination or harassment, the employee has the right to take legal action and hold the company liable for their financial and emotional losses.
Accommodations For Religious Beliefs and Practices
Some religious practices or beliefs may encroach on time at work and the law provides employees with the right to have reasonable accommodations made to allow them to practice their religion or act in accordance with their beliefs. The following are some accommodations that are commonly requested:
- Breaks for prayer;
- Schedule changes to attend services or observe religious holidays;
- Exemptions from dress codes to wear religious garments or to allow facial hair or hairstyles.
However, an employer does not have to provide pay for time off for religious practices unless the employer provides paid time off to other employees of different religions. In addition, an employer does not have to make any accommodations that would cause unreasonable or undue hardship for the company. If you have questions or concerns about religious accommodations or the failure to make such accommodations, please discuss your situation with one of our employment attorneys.
Contact Our Las Vegas Religious Discrimination Lawyers For More Information
Knowing whether you have a valid claim for religious discrimination can be difficult. The legal team at HKM Employment Attorneys has over 40 years of combined experience and can evaluate your rights under the law and your options for recourse. We have helped many employees seek justice from discriminatory employers, so please contact our religious discrimination attorneys to discuss what happened in your situation today.