Both employment laws in Nevada and at the federal level protect employees from discrimination in the workplace based on their religious beliefs. Discrimination can include many different unlawful actions, including harassment that creates a hostile work environment for the victim.
In this day and age, religious harassment and discrimination are more present in workplaces than you may imagine. However, no one should have to be subjected to such behavior when they go to work each day.
The legal team at the Las Vegas office of HKM Employment Attorneys is committed to protecting the rights of Nevada employees to be free from discrimination and to not have to accept a hostile work environment. If you believe you have been a victim of workplace discrimination, please call our office today for more information.
Unlawful Religious Discrimination
Religious discrimination can include a variety of actions that are based on an employee’s sincerely held religious beliefs – or lack thereof. Individuals of any religion or no religion may be targeted by others at work because of their beliefs or practices. Discrimination can also be based on ethical or moral beliefs in addition to organized religions.
Religious discrimination can take on many different forms, including adverse employment actions, segregation from employees of other religions, refusal of reasonable accommodations for religious practices, and more. One type of religious discrimination that is, unfortunately, fairly common is harassment based on actual or perceived religion that causes a hostile work environment.
When is a Work Environment “Hostile”?
While a single comment may be enough to hurt an employee’s feelings or offend them, one comment is often not sufficient for a court to find that a hostile work environment existed. Instead, one of the following must generally be true to constitute a hostile work environment:
- The harassment was frequent or pervasive, such as comments that are repeated on a daily basis;
- A single incident of harassment was highly offensive or threatening, such as having a workspace defaced with swastikas or other offensive words or symbols;
- The harassment led to an adverse employment action against the employee.
In many cases, a work environment can be so hostile that it can cause a victim to quit. In such cases, victims are entitled to seek compensation for all wages they lost, as well as for their emotional injuries from the harassment.
Consult With a Committed Religious Discrimination Attorney in Las Vegas Today
Religious discrimination can be particularly cruel and offensive and can all too easily rise to the level of a hostile work environment. It can be difficult to take the steps necessary to combat harassment and discrimination at work, however, it is easier with the team at HKM Employment Attorneys on your side. We have handled many religious discrimination claims and we will always seek to protect your rights and help you obtain the damages you deserve for your experiences and losses. Consultations are confidential, so please do not wait to call our Nevada office today at 702-625-3893 or contact us online.