What you should know about religious discrimination

Under Arizona law, your employer must reasonably accommodate your religious practices or beliefs in the workplace.

If you experience discrimination, you have the right to file a legal claim.

Legal protections

Both state and federal laws prohibit discriminatory practices in the workplace based on religion. It is illegal to discriminate in hiring procedures, training protocols, terminations, promotions, assignments, compensation and benefits. Additionally, an employer cannot require you to participate in religious activities at work.

Reasonable accommodation

Your employer may need to modify workplace policies to create a more inclusive atmosphere. Businesses must make certain adjustments unless it causes a significant burden on their daily operations. Managers can revise or make exceptions to dress code rules to accommodate your religious attire. They can also provide flexible scheduling options, honor dietary requirements, allow shift swaps between employees and grant days off for religious observances.


There are various types of religious discrimination. If you endure any of the following, you may have a valid legal claim against your workplace:

  • Assignment to a non-customer contact position due to feared client preferences
  • Segregation based on religious clothing
  • Hostile work environment
  • Offensive remarks or harassment by others in the workplace
  • Wrongful demotion or termination

Legal recourse

If you have encountered religious prejudice or intolerance at work, you must act to stand up for your rights. Document incidents and report them to your employer. You can file a discrimination claim if your boss does not address the problem.

You have a right to work in an environment free of harassment, negativity and discrimination. Knowing the federal and state laws and your legal options helps protect your freedoms.