Many North Carolina residents are religious and believe strongly in their faith. Of course, that is their right. Still, it can be problematic if that infiltrates the workplace and employers are accused of infringing on the rights of others. If the religious observance is categorized as a requirement for a person to retain their job or they are facing pressure by refusing to participate in religious-based activities, it is a violation of employment law.
Regardless of a person’s beliefs, they are entitled to protection against any form of discrimination at work. Knowing what steps are available to those who were victimized by this type of treatment is key.
Employees claim they were fired due to religious non-participation
A recent case in North Carolina shows how compelling employees to take part in religious practices can lead to a legal claim. Two former workers at a contracting company claim they were terminated because they did not want to participate in Christian prayer meetings at work. They assert these requirements led to a hostile work environment. They were told if they did not attend, they were at risk of losing their jobs.
According to the former employees, the prayer meetings lasted for around an hour. The meetings involved Biblical recitations and prayer. The allegations, if true, would violate federal law stating employees are not required to be involved in religious activity in order to keep their jobs or avoid retaliation.
Workers have employment rights
Religion is a fundamental part of life for many people. That does not mean it can extend to forcing others under their employ to take part. When this type of behavior happens and people are threatened with participation or facing negative implications, there are options available. Having advice and guidance as to whether employee rights were violated for this or any reason can be helpful with deciding how to proceed. Calling for help may be crucial to retain a job and to hold those who broke the law accountable.