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By Louise Herman

Discrimination of any kind is disturbing and wrong. Our country is a melting pot, and we must practice tolerance for all religions. Unfortunately, not everybody does. If you believe you are a victim of religious discrimination in the workplace, however, there is a strong chance you’ll have a valid discrimination claim. Please continue reading and speak with a dedicated Providence, Rhode Island religious discrimination lawyer from Herman Law Group today to learn more about these cases and how our firm can guide you through the process ahead. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What are some examples of religious discrimination?

When an employer takes adverse action against an employee for no reason other than their religion, such as by firing, laying off, or demoting them, it can be considered an act of discrimination. You should also understand that employers are legally obligated to give “reasonable accommodations” to their religious employees.

For example, if a company has a “no headwear” policy, but an employee’s religion requires a certain headdress to be worn at all times, the company should allow it. Other grooming practices, such as a Sikh uncut beard, must also be allowed. Employers should also grant religious individuals shift changes if they are required to take off from work to celebrate certain religious holidays. The bottom line is that as long as a reasonable accommodation doesn’t result in the company undergoing “undue hardship,” the employer is required to allow it. If your employer refused to allow a reasonable accommodation, you may have a valid discrimination claim.

Does harassment qualify as a discrimination claim?

In many cases, it does. However, you should understand that there is a significant difference between a one-off incident, such as a rude comment or an offensive joke, and persistent harassment. When an employee is harassed by their employer or their co-workers to the extent that it creates a hostile work environment and impacts their ability to carry out their daily tasks, the employee should have a valid claim.

The bottom line is that harassment or discrimination of any kind due to a person’s religion is unacceptable and illegal in the workplace. Therefore, if you believe you are a victim, you should strongly consider speaking with a Providence, Rhode Island employment discrimination lawyer from our firm so we can pursue a discrimination claim and fight for the justice you deserve.


If you need help with an employment law matter in the Providence County, Rhode Island area, you can count on Herman Law Group to represent your best interests. To discuss your matter, please contact our firm today.

About the Author
At Herman Law Group, our focus is on safeguarding the rights and careers of employees and businesses alike. With over 35 years of successful legal practice, Louise A. Herman brings an invaluable dual perspective from representing both employees and employers. This unique insight allows us to effectively achieve successful outcomes for our clients in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and nationwide.