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Michigan workplace discrimination: Religion

Religious freedom is a right granted to all who reside in America. While people are able to worship how they may, it does not stop others from discriminating against them. Unfortunately, in Michigan and elsewhere religious discrimination can follow people into their places of employment. Workplace discrimination of this or any other kind, however, is not to be tolerated.

According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, religious discrimination is defined as treating an employee or potential employee unfairly due to his or her religious affiliation. When it comes to employers, this means that they cannot refuse to hire, fire, decline promotions, provide reduced benefits or unfairly compensate an employee for his or her time -- among other things -- because of the religious beliefs that he or she holds. Doing so could land an employer in a legal mess.

Religious discrimination goes beyond just employers. Employees are also prohibited from harassing fellow co-workers over their religious convictions. No one should have to work in such an offensive environment. Employers have a responsibility to put an end to such behavior if it is reported. Failing to take action can have severe consequences.

Michigan residents who believe that they are the victims of workplace discrimination and/or harassment due to their religion may have the ability to take legal action in order to seek damages. An experienced employment law attorney can review the details of one's case and, if appropriate, file any applicable claims in court. Such matters may ultimately be resolved through out-of-court negotiations or litigation.

Source: eeoc.gov, "Religious Discrimination", Accessed on June 28, 2017

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