There are various Federal, New York State and New York City laws that protect
religious discrimination on the basis of their religious beliefs. Even if a particular employee's
religious beliefs are not entirely compatible with work hours, workplace
practices or certain days of the week, employers MUST work with the employee
to try and accommodate him/her.
The reasonable accommodation standard under the framework of a religious
discrimination claim is somewhat different from that analysis under a
disability claim. An employer has an obligation to reasonably accommodate
a "sincerely held" religious belief. The difficulty arises in
determining what exactly is or is not "sincerely held."
The reasonable accommodation standard is subject to an employer claiming
undue hardship, which means that it would conflict with legitimate business
Religious discrimination in the workplace does not happen openly in front
of many witnesses. It does, however, still exist and we must work to put
an end to it and to celebrate the concept of religious freedom on which
our country was founded.