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Workplace discrimination claims on rise; can affect Texas workers

When an individual has been offered a job at a company in Texas, he or she usually expects to be judged by his or her work ethic and contributions. In some situations, however, employers have focused on personal areas such as religion, which can result in workplace discrimination. One recent article explains how this type of discrimination is actually on the rise.

Experts say that the number of complaints made about religious discrimination in the workplace is more than two times greater than what it was 15 years ago. The number of these complaints is also growing faster than other complaints. Claims related to discrimination based on race, sex and disability are still more common, but religious discrimination claims are the fastest growing type of claim.

Immigration is cited as one of the chief causes of the rising number of religious discrimination cases. Experts also say employees today are simply more bold about standing up against discriminatory employers. Some employees have been punished for not working on the Sabbath, for not serving alcohol or for wearing religious clothing that is not in line with employers' dress codes.

Legally, employers must provide reasonable accommodation to employees who desire to engage in their religious practices in a Texas workplace. Companies sometimes neglect to do this or allow an environment where employees are persecuted based on their religious beliefs. An employee has the right to pursue a workplace discrimination claim against an employer, which could result in remedies such as reasonable accommodation or financial reimbursement, depending on the facts of the case.

Source: Newsmax, Steep Rise in Workplace Religious Discrimination Claims, Courtney Coren, Oct. 28, 2013

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