Religious Discrimination In The Workplace

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Religious Discrimination at the Workplace

Intro There are thousands of religions in the world, so it is necessary that an employer be very careful to not discriminate against a person for their faith. One can define discrimination as unequal treatment of employees or job applicants based on color, race, gender, religion, age, or nationality. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 made it illegal for and employer who has fifteen or more employees to discriminate against an employee under any circumstance. Many employees can and are still being wrongly discriminated against by there employers or fellow employees over their religions.
Religious Discrimination Cases The case EEOC vs. Red Robin Gourmet Burgers was brought before a district court , in August 2005, because one of employees at the restaurant, Edward Rangel, had small religious tattoos around his wrists, which he refused to cover. Red Robin was sued because Mr. Rangel’s tattoos were part of his religious practice of the ancient Egyptian religion of Kemetic Orthodoxy. The employee had worked at the business for six months without being approached about his tattoos; Mr. Rangel also talked to management concerning his tattoos being a religious requirement and how covering them would constitute a sin. The district court ruled in Mr. Rangel’s favor because of the length of time he had worked and also the size of the tattoos. Red Robin had to pay damages to the tune of $160,000 as well as having to make some dress code policy
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