Workers in New Jersey and Pennsylvania have the right to work in environments that are free from religious discrimination. Employers must provide reasonable accommodations to workers for their religious beliefs when the requested accommodations do not place an undue hardship on the business’s operations. However, workers might wonder what they have to do to prove
Religious freedom is considered to be a fundamental right that is protected by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The U.S. was formed by early settlers who were fleeing religious persecution. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 makes it illegal for private employers, state governments, local governments, and educational institutions to
If you were recently fired by your employer, you might question whether your employer had the legal right to terminate your employment. In some cases, employers fire workers for illegal reasons or in violation of employment contracts. If you believe that you were fired illegally, the employment attorneys at Swartz Swidler can help you to
The statute of limitations refers to the time period someone has to file a claim from the triggering event that gives rise to that claim. Filing a lawsuit during the statute of limitation time period, which can range anywhere from two to fifteen years depending upon the claim and the applicable law, is a very
Workplace intimidation can make workplaces very toxic to employees. When employers or coworkers bully others or subject them to coercive actions, the victims may be left feeling that they have no other choice than to resign. Workplace intimidation or bullying is problematic for businesses in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. When bullying at work is pervasive,
Religious freedom is enshrined in the U.S. Constitution and is the first one that is listed in the First Amendment. Religious liberty includes the right to practice a religion of your choice while enjoying all of the privileges and benefits of society. Religious discrimination is prohibited in multiple settings, including education, work, housing, public accommodations,
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Employer must reasonably accommodate religious practices under Title VII regardless of actual knowledge of belief
On June 1st, The Supreme Court issued an opinion in the case Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Abrecrombie & Fitch Stores, Inc; an employment discrimination lawsuit in which Abercrombie refused to hire Samantha Elauf, a practicing Muslim, because the headscarf that she wore pursuant to her religious obligations conflicted with Abercrombie’s employee dress policy. The
An Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) conference highlighting employment discrimination due to national origin was held in Washington, D.C. on November 13, 2013.
Discrimination on the basis of national origin is prohibited by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This protection can be broadly applied not only to discrimination resulting merely from a persons place of birth or ancestry. Also applicable would be discrimination on the basis of cultural or linguistic characteristic, such as accents and clothing. The law thus protects, for example, an Indian man’s right to wear a turban, or a Czech’s heavy accent.
Religious discrimination in the workplace continues to rise in New Jersey and around the country. As the Wall Street Journal recently reported, reports of employment-based religious-discrimination are sky rocketing. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has reported a surge of wide-ranging employee claims of religious discrimination as expressions of faith have grown more diverse. The EEOC defines religious-discrimination as “treating a person (applicant or employee) unfavorably because of his or her religious beliefs. The law protects not only people who belong to traditional, organized religious … but also others who have sincerely held religious, ethical or moral beliefs. Religious discrimination can also involve treating someone differently because that person is married to (or associated with) an individual of a particular religion or because of his or her connection with a religious organization or group.”