What You Need to Know about Religious Discrimination in Georgia

Understanding your rights as an employee in Georgia can be complicated. Here’s what to know about workplace religious discrimination in Georgia

Workplace religious discrimination in Georgia is illegal at companies with 15 or more employees. Individuals should report workplace religious discimination to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). If the agency finds evidence of discrimination, they will investigate the case and then pursue legal action in court.

What is Religious Discimination?

Religious discrimination is the unjust or prejudiced treatment of individuals on the basis of their religious beliefs or religion.

Related: What is Reasonable Religious Accommodation?

Religious Discrimination in the Workplace

Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the Georgia Fair Employment Practices Act prohibit religious discrimination at companies with 15 or more employees. These laws make it illegal for employers to treat their employees differently because of their personal religious beliefs or due to their association with persons of a particular religion.

The 1964 Civil Rights Act also makes it illegal for employers with more than 15 employees to deny an employee reasonable accommodation for religious practices. For example, an employer should not deny the request of an employee to wear religious attire or to observe a religious holiday.

Exceptions to Religious Discrimination in the Workplace

Religious institutions and organizations such as churches or religious private schools are exempt from several religious anti-discrimination statues. For example, it is permitted for religious organizations to give employment preference to those of a certain religion. However, employees of these organizations are prohibited from filing religious discrimination claims under federal law.

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Filing Discrimination Lawsuits

In Georgia, individuals can file workplace religious discrimination claims with the federal administration agency (the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)). Employees have 180 days from the date of the supposed discrimination to file a charge and federal employees have 45 days to contact an EEO counselor.

FAQs about Workplace Religious Discrimination

What are the Remedies Available in Workplace Discrimination Lawsuits?

Victims of religious workplace discrimination may be entitled to:

  • Compensatory Damages
  • Punitive Damages
  • Back Pay
  • Front Pay
  • Hiring
  • Promotion
  • Reinstatement
  • Court-related costs (attorney’s fees, etc.)

What is a Reasonable Accommodation?

A reasonable accommodation is an accommodation that is not excessive in time or financial cost to the company.

What are Examples of Reasonable Religious Accommodations?

Examples of reasonable religious accommodations include exceptions to dress codes, exceptions to grooming rules, and flexible scheduling.

What Protections Exist for Employees in Georgia at Companies with Less than 15 Employees?

The Georgia Fair Employment Practices Act only applies to employees at companies with 15 or more employees. Certain cities in Georgia, such as Atlanta, have local ordinances prohibiting workplace religious discrimination.

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