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It is illegal for an employer to discriminate against an employee because of his or her religion.  This includes firing or failing to hire an employee because he or she belongs to a particular religious group, or harassing an employee because of his or her religion.  Employees who are atheists or otherwise not religious also may not be discriminated against on religious grounds.

Additionally, employers are required to make reasonable accommodations to an employee’s religious practices or beliefs, unless doing so would cause an undue hardship.  Reasonable religious accommodations can include:

  • Time off to attend religious services or for other religious reasons;

  • Permitting the wearing of religious garments or facial hair; or

  • Providing a private place to pray or worship.​

If you believe you have been discriminated against because of your religion, please contact a Pittsburgh employment law attorney at Elzer Law Firm, LLC for a free consultation.

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