Workers in New York and throughout the United States are protected from discrimination on the basis of religion. Unfortunately, discrimination in hiring and advancement continues to take place. In addition, some individuals may be subjected to a hostile workplace due to discriminatory attitudes demonstrated by management and coworkers alike.
A 2015 study conducted at the University of Chicago showed that nearly 25 percent of the Muslim American physicians who were surveyed had experienced discrimination in the workplace at least once during their careers. This is due to a number of factors, and studies done by Pew Research and Zogby have noted that Muslims as a religious group are regarded negatively by other Americans. This may contribute to a hostile workplace in which Muslim workers avoid reporting their treatment for fear of retaliation.
In addition to being illegal, the effects of discrimination can be devastating not only to the individual physicians but also to the communities that these health care professionals serve. People who have been the victims of workplace discrimination because of their religion, race, gender or other characteristics suffer in a number of ways, including financially and professionally. The economic consequences of illegal discrimination can be difficult to make up, even if the worker is able to find a new job where he or she is not subjected to discrimination.
Individuals who believe they have been discriminated against due to their religious beliefs may benefit from speaking with an experienced employment law attorney. The lawyer will review the employee's circumstances and job history in order to make recommendations as to how to proceed. Many lawsuits based upon employment discrimination are preceded by the filing of a claim with the EEOC or applicable state agency.