The State of New Hampshire has declared a state of emergency. All courts have suspended normal operations. If you are a client, please contact your attorney via their email or voice mail message. If you need our help, please CONTACT US so an attorney can be in touch.

Religious Discrimination At Work

Religious Discrimination Attorneys in New Hampshire

We Believe in Equality for All

Religious discrimination happens in New Hampshire. Unfortunately, many employees suffer discrimination on the basis of their religious affiliations or beliefs. According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the number of religion-based discrimination complaints has increased almost every year for the past ten years. Our New Hampshire religious discrimination lawyers want to successfully resolve your claim.

Call Douglas, Leonard & Garvey, P.C. at (603) 288-1403 or contact us online today for a free consultation.

What is Religious Discrimination?

Our lawyers handle a variety of religious related discrimination areas. Federal law prohibitsemployers from discriminating against individuals because of their religion in hiring, firing, and other terms and conditions of employment.

Religion in the workplace comes with a few key policies to understand, including:

  • Less favorable treatment: Employers may not treat employees or applicants more or less favorably because of their religious beliefs or practices—except to the extent a religious accommodation is warranted.
  • Participation: Employees cannot be forced to participate, or not participate, in a religious activity as a condition of employment.

    A reasonable religious accommodation is any adjustment to the work environment that will allow the employee to practice his religion. An employer might accommodate an employee’s religious beliefs or practices by allowing flexible scheduling, voluntary substitutions or swaps, job reassignments and lateral transfers, modification of grooming requirements and other workplace practices, policies, and/or procedures.
  • Accommodations: Employers must reasonably accommodate employees’ sincerely held religious practices unless doing so would impose an undue hardship on the employer. An employer is not required to accommodate an employee’s religious beliefs and practices if doing so would impose an undue hardship on the employers’ legitimate business interests.
  • Religious expression: Employers must permit employees to engage in religious expression, unless the religious expression would impose an undue hardship on the employer. Generally, an employer may not place more restrictions on religious expression than on other forms of expression that have a comparable effect on workplace efficiency.
  • Religious harassment: Employers must take steps to prevent harassment of their employees. An employer can reduce the chance that employees will engage unlawful religious harassment by implementing an anti-harassment policy and having an effective procedure for reporting, investigating, and correcting harassing.

Insurance companies and employers know our reputation for going to trial with successful results for our clients. This gives us leverage to get you the compensation you deserve for your religious discrimination claim.

If you have been victimized by religious discrimination on the job, our New Hampshire religious discrimination lawyers have years of trial experience in successfully handling religious discrimination claims, and can represent you against your employer and the insurance company at the EEOC, NH Commission for Human Rights, or in court.

Additional Resources

Call our religious discrimination lawyers in New Hampshire at (603) 288-1403.

FAQs

  • Q:What is religious discrimination?

    A:This means that employers are prohibited from discriminating against individuals because of their religion in hiring, firing, and other terms and conditions of the employment.

  • Q:Can an employer treat me differently because of my religious beliefs?

    A:Employers may not treat employees or applicants more or less favorable because of their religious beliefs or practices, except to the extent a religious accommodation is warranted.

  • Q:Can an employer refuse to hire an employee because of their religious affiliations or beliefs?

    A:An employer may not refuse to hire individuals of a certain religious affiliation or belief.

  • Q:Does my employer have to make a reasonable accommodation with regard to my religious holidays and customs?

    A:An employer is not required to accommodate an employee’s religious beliefs and practices if doing so would impose an undue hardship on the employer’s legitimate business interests. An employer can show undue hardship if accommodating an employee’s religious practices requires more than ordinary administrative costs, diminishes efficiency in other jobs, infringes on other employees’ job rights, or benefits, along with other instances.

  • Q:Is an employer allowed to limit religious expression by employees?

    A:Employers must permit employees to engage in religious expression, unless the religious expression would impose an undue hardship on the employer. This means that an employer may not place more restrictions on religious expression than on other forms of expression that have a similar effect on workplace efficiency.

  • Q:What protections do I have if I file a religious discrimination charge?

    A:It is unlawful to retaliate against an individual for opposing employment practices that discriminate for filing a discrimination charge, testifying, or participating in any way an investigation, proceeding, or litigation for unlawful religious discrimination.

Our Client Stories

  • “Jared Bedrick is a sharp lawyer.”

    - Josh Y.
  • “The most understanding, honest, and professional people.”

    - Rae K.
  • “As a retired police officer, I can say without hesitation that Ben is extremely knowledgeable.”

    - Evan D.
  • “Words alone do not express my gratitude.”

    - Suzette P.
  • “I was always able to reach someone.”

    - Jeff C.
/