Workers in Tennessee may experience religious discrimination on the job regardless of what their faith is. In some cases, they may experience this even if they identify as atheist. According to a study from the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding, 36% of respondents said that they were victims of religious intolerance or knew others who were. That translates to about 50 million Americans who have been disrespected at work because of their faith or lack of faith.
It is believed that there will be 23 times as many people who claim a religious affiliation than those who don’t in coming years and decades. This means that employers may need to create policies to account for their views. Companies are addressing religious issues within the workplace in a variety of different ways. For instance, some are hiring interfaith religious leaders to help everyone find common ground on the job.
Ideally, both employers and employees alike will come to embrace religious diversity in the workplace. Instead of trying to convert anyone to their particular faith, individuals should create an environment where everyone is free to express themselves openly. By allowing workers to express their faith openly, it may allow them to be more productive and give them a sense of purpose whenever they are at work.
Individuals who face religious discrimination at work could be entitled to compensation from their employers. This may be true even if an employer didn’t know that such discrimination was taking place. Examples of intolerance could include prohibiting a worker from wearing traditional clothing or taking time off to observe religious holidays. Prior to filing a lawsuit, employees may first need to file a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Complaints may be filed with the help of an attorney.