Religious Discrimination Prevention Program
State, federal, and local laws prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of an individual’s actual or perceived religious beliefs or practices. (Churches and other religious organizations are exempt from this prohibition.) These laws also require businesses to provide reasonable accommodations to employees based on their religion, including exceptions to dress codes and time off for religious holidays. The number of annual religious discrimination charges filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has increased by over 20 percent since 2006.
A violation of federal discrimination laws can result in penalties up to $50,000 per complaint. In 2016, to eradicate this area of discrimination that has been gaining increased public attention in recent years, federal agencies such as the EEOC, the U.S. Department of Justice, and state government agencies have joined together to form an interagency outreach and enforcement initiative.
In response to recent tragic events that took place in 2016 in Paris, France and in San Bernardino, California, the EEOC released new guidance to address increased tensions with certain communities, particularly those who are (or are perceived to be) Muslim or Middle Eastern.
Additionally, in 2014, the EEOC released guidance to provide basic information about how federal employment discrimination law applies to religious dress and grooming practices. New state religious freedom laws are also sweeping the nation. These laws give employees the freedom to deny services to specific groups and the right to refuse to perform certain job duties if they conflict with sincerely held religious beliefs. The new laws are broader than federal protections, and in some instances conflict with federal law. As such, employers throughout the U.S. face the complex burden of ensuring that their policies and practices comply with conflicting new laws and recent federal guidance.
To help businesses meet their obligations under applicable laws, adhere to EEOC guidelines, and prevent costly lawsuits, Personnel Concepts has developed an easy-to-implement Religious Discrimination Prevention Kit. Our exclusive kit is designed to help you ensure that your business understands how these new legal developments, as well as guidance from the EEOC on dress codes, grooming practices, Muslim and Middle Eastern employees, as well as recent State Religious Freedom laws will impact your employment practices. It includes important documentation, sample anti-discrimination/harassment policies, training handouts, and an attorney-written legal brief addressing the most important aspects of the law and what employers must do to comply.
Who Needs It
All private businesses with 1+ employees are subject to state or federal discrimination laws and must ensure that their hiring, firing, employment practices, personnel policies, and company employees do not discriminate on the basis of religious beliefs or practices. • Churches and other religious organizations are generally exempt from these requirements.
Compliance Made Simple
Posting our 11” x 17” policy poster, distributing the training handouts to your workforce, and reading our plain language guidebook will help you meet your obligations under applicable laws and create a first line of defense against religious discrimination claims.
Prevent Costly Lawsuits
Religious discrimination claims can result from a poorly worded dress code or grooming policy, failure to accommodate an employee’s religious beliefs in the workplace, inappropriate comments about religious practices, or refusing to allow time off on days of religious obligation. Using our kit to educate managers and supervisors about the common triggers of a religious discrimination lawsuit can help your business prevent costly discrimination claims.
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Our Religious Discrimination Prevention Program includes the following important tools and information
- A 65-page guidebook that contains plain language guidance, information on recent legal developments, tips & recommendations from an attorney, sample policies, and religious accommodation guidelines.
- A Compliance Checklist to help businesses determine if they are correctly following federal and state laws against religious discrimination.
- 10 Religious Accommodation Request Forms.
- 10 Training Handouts for Managers, Supervisors, and Employees.
- An 11” x 17” Religious Discrimination Policy Poster (Laminated).
- Online Access to Downloadable Forms and Sample Policies to prevent costly religious discrimination claims.