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The law prohibits employers from discriminating against employees because of their religious beliefs or lack thereof. Religious beliefs include those required by a religion, atheism, agnosticism, as well as some other beliefs that are strongly and sincerely held by individuals.
The law forbids religious discrimination in any aspect of employment, including, hiring, firing, pay , job assignments, promotions, layoff, training, benefits, or other conditions of employment.
It is illegal to harass a person because of his or her religious beliefs or affiliation. For instance, offensive remarks or teasing about a person’s religious beliefs or practices, if so frequent or severe that they create a hostile or offensive working environment, may be illegal religious discrimination.
The law requires employers to make reasonable accommodations for the religious practices of their employees. Examples of reasonable accommodations might include changing work hours or break times, providing time off, assigning different job duties, and allowing religious dress or grooming practices. Employers do not have to make accommodations if doing so would be too difficult or costly for the business.
Normally, employers may not require employees to follow certain religious beliefs or practices, however, religious organizations, such as churches, temples, and mosques, are usually exempt from this requirement.
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