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Workplace discrimination on the rise in today's diverse workplace

Being offered a dream job can be an exciting time for a job seeker. During their time at a workplace, their goal is to bear the reputation of a hard worker and to be offered promotion opportunities based on merit. At some companies in Texas, though, managers might pay more attention to the person's religious beliefs -- or lack thereof -- than they do their work ethic and then mistreat them on this basis. A recent article explains this workplace discrimination phenomenon and why it is gaining ground in today's increasingly diverse work environment.

A recent study says that increasing diversity in the workplace of American today actually has sparked more workplace discrimination based on religion. According to the research, six out of 10 Caucasian Christians say that they experience the same level of discrimination that people of religious minority groups face. One minority group that is often a target of mistreatment, based on the study, is Muslims.

In addition, people who participated in the study admitted seeing people who were forced to work on religious holidays or who were not given space to pray as needed. Furthermore, some employees could not don their religious garb at work. Even most atheists who were polled said that they were treated poorly due to their lack of belief in a religious deity.

Companies legally must reasonably accommodate workers who wish to pray at the workplace or meet other requirements of their religions. If someone is discriminated against due to their faith or because they are a certain age or color, for example, it is within their rights to file a workplace discrimination lawsuit. If the lawsuit is successful in Texas, remedies from such a suit may include the coverage of out-of-pocket expenses associated with the claim and even compensation for emotional harm, such as the loss of enjoyment of life.

Source: Deseret News, Religious discrimination in the workplace increases with diversity, Matthew Brown, Sept. 2, 2013

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