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Workplace discrimination in Texas may be based on religion, race

For many individuals, the workday is an adventure. It begins with getting out of the house on time, handling a variety of tasks for eight hours and then returning home, sometimes exhausted. Adventures certainly can be enjoyable and motivating, but when the danger of workplace discrimination rises, an employee may instantly feel fearful and frustrated in Texas. Employers are encouraged to specifically pay more attention to the areas of religious discrimination and race, which remain huge problems in the business world.

A national survey recently showed that people are sensitive when religion and the job site are concerned. Employers are susceptible to religious discrimination claims as a result of this. Research showed that Christians are more likely to be bold about their faith at work but are conscious about how they are treated in the workplace.

More than half of Christians said they believed that Christians face the same amount of discrimination that other religious minority groups -- like Jews and Muslims -- face. People who are not Christian typically said that they were worried about whether their employers would accommodate their faiths or not. In the area of race, survey results also showed that African-Americans were most likely to feel mistreated at work, compared with whites or Hispanics.

Workplace discrimination can easily happen to someone who believes differently from their employer or whose skin color is different. However, this type of discrimination is forbidden, according to federal legislation. In fact, employers are obligated to provide reasonable accommodation for employees to practice their respective religions while at work in Texas. A person who is not treated properly due to his race or religion has the right to file a workplace discrimination claim against the employer, which may result in remedies such as reinstatement in a job or even a promotion.

Source: Phoenix Business Journal, Employers need to be wary of religious bias at work, Mike Sunnucks, Dec. 11, 2013

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