Employment Religious Discrimination Law and Legal Definition

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employers from discriminating on the basis of a person's race or color in the terms or conditions of employment. Terms and conditions of employment include salary, benefits, hours, vacations, promotions or whether a person is hired.

The term "religion" includes all aspects of religious observance and practice, as well as belief. The employer must demonstrate that they are unable to reasonably accommodate an employee's religious observance or practice without undue hardship. A typical example of religious discrimination occurs when an employer is seeking to convert others and the employees are denied employment, not promoted, denied raises or unfairly disciplined because the employee will not accept the employer's or manager's religious beliefs.