Employers discriminating against employees because of their religion is a very common type of religious discrimination. Employers is somewhat understandably since employers are people, and people tend to associate with people who share their beliefs. This said, religious discrimination in the employment realm is illegal under both Utah and federal law.
The Utah law that prohibits workplace religious discrimination is the Utah Antidiscrimination Act. This law plainly states an “employer may not refuse to hire, promote, discharge, demote, or terminate any person, or to retaliate against, harass, or discriminate in matters of compensation or in terms, privileges, and conditions of employment against any person otherwise qualified, because of . . . religion.” This law also prohibits, among other things, a labor union from denying someone entry into a union because of religion, and employers from publishing materials indicating discrimination in employment.
As stated above, federal laws also prohibits employers discriminating against employees because of their religion, the primary one being the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
While Utah and federal laws exist, it is often very difficult to prove religious discrimination in the workplace. Additionally, there are exceptions to these laws you will need to know about. (Perhaps the most prominent exception is religious organizations can discriminate on the basis of religion.) Ultimately, however, damages and penalties for employment discrimination can be quite severe.
Has Your Employer Discriminated Against You Because of Your Religion? If so, Contact Brown Law.
If you have experienced religious discrimination in the workplace, call Brown Law at 801.685.9999 or 800.299.1016. We are committed to ensuring your religious freedom (and those of all people) are protected, and to penalizing those who would take away your freedom.