Religious Discrimination

Religious Discrimination in Employment is Unlawful

Federal and Colorado law prohibit employment discrimination against any person based on the person’s religion, religious belief, religious practices, or religious observances.

Murray Law welcomes the opportunity to provide experienced and dedicated counsel and representation to persons subjected to employment discrimination because of religion. Steven Murray has successfully represented individuals subjected to employment discrimination in lawsuits before United States District Courts, including obtaining jury verdicts and resolutions on behalf of employees, former employees, and applicants for employment in actions before the United States District Courts for the District of Colorado.

Religious Discrimination Law

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, is a federal law prohibiting religious discrimination in employment. Title VII applies to employers with 15 or more employees. Title VII requires that a person’s religion, religious practice, or religious observances must be reasonably accommodated by the employer unless the employer proves the reasonable accommodation cannot be accomplished without imposing an undue hardship on the employer.

The Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act [CADA], a Colorado law, prohibits discrimination based on religion in employment. CADA applies to employer with one or more employees.

Federal and state law prohibit an employer from taking adverse employment actions because of a person’s religion, religious practice, or observances, concerning:

  • Failure or Refusal to Hire

  • Discharge.

  • Terms, conditions or privileges of employment.

  • Promotion, demotion, or job assignments.

  • Posting and advertising of employment positions, recruiting process, interviewing, or selection process.

  • Compensation, wages, or benefits.

  • Denying a person employment opportunities because of religion.

  • Limiting, segregating, or classifying employees or applicants for employment in any way which would deprive or tend to deprive any individual of employment opportunities or otherwise adversely affect his or her status because of such individual’s religion; or

  • Denying a person employment opportunities because of religion, based on a person’s associations and relationships with other persons.

  • Denying a person employment opportunities because of stereotypes based on religion.

Retaliation

An employer may not retaliate against any person by taking an adverse action because the individual engaged in lawfully protected activity under Title VII or the CADA. The law prohibits an employer from retaliating against an individual because the individual opposed any practice believed to be unlawful under the Title VII/CADA, i.e. filed an informal complaint of religious discrimination with his or her employer, or participated in an employment discrimination proceeding by filing a charge of discrimination, assisting, testifying or participating in any investigation, litigation, or proceeding under Title VII/CADA.

An employer may not retaliate against a person for requesting or receiving a reasonable accommodation to his or her religion, religious belief, religious practice, or religious observances.

Harassment/Hostile Work Environment

An employer may not subject an employee to a hostile work environment because of the person’s religion, religious beliefs, or religious practices or observances.

Administrative Proceedings

A person seeking relief for religious discrimination under Title VII or the CADA must file an administrative charge before filing a civil action in court. A charge of discrimination must be filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission [EEOC] within 300 days of the discriminatory action. The aggrieved individual may also file a charge with the Colorado Civil Rights Division within 180 days of the last discriminatory act. The filing of a discrimination charge with either agency is deemed jointly filed with both agencies.

Conclusion

Murray Law welcomes the opportunity to provide legal counsel and representation to any person who believes that he or she has been deprived of the vital legal right to be free from religious discrimination in employment. Please contact Steven Murray at 720-600-6642.

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