How to Deal With Religious Discrimination In The Workplace?

Have you or someone you know recently been looking for more information on what to do if you or someone you work with has experienced some religious discrimination in the workplace?

Maybe you have lived in a country that your religion is not a majority in for a while. So, you have been consistently experiencing religious discrimination on and off for years now?

Perhaps you recently noticed one of your coworkers had been a victim of religious discrimination. So, you are looking for ways to help them out and be an ally in the situation? If any of this sounds familiar to you, then continue reading to learn some more things that will be helpful. Here is a breakdown of different ways you can deal with religious discrimination in the workplace. 

Be Kind

The best that you could do when you have been a victim of religious discrimination is to stay calm. Keep the situation under control. Being kind to people who try to victimize you or your religion can often be the best course of action. This will, in many cases, help to diffuse the situation rather than exacerbate it.

Being kind is something that all humans should strive for daily. So, do your best to set a positive example for others, rather than freaking out and making the situation worse. There are certainly some situations where you should stand up for yourself. But, knowing when to deescalate the situation is a crucial skill to have. 

Communicate

Suppose being kind and trying to ignore the situation is unhelpful, and you are still experiencing religious discrimination in the workplace. In that case, you should try your best to reach out to your supervisor or employer directly. In such a way, you can try to get the issue sorted out from the top down. Always keep records of all your communication, since this can be helpful if your situation does not improve. 

Collect Evidence

Being subject to repeated instances of religious discrimination in the workplace can be highly frustrating. Also, demoralizing, and humiliating for the individual experiencing it. Collecting evidence of discrimination is an essential part of building your legal case. This is because, without it, you will not be able to do much. Evidence could take the form of letters, posts on social media, emails, or even CCTV footage. 

Get Help

Suppose you have been continuously experiencing religious discrimination in the workplace. In that case, there is a good chance you will probably want to get some outside help. The help will allow you to address the issue and have your rights upheld within the workplace. Suppose you have already turned to your superiors or foreman without any results to show from it. In that case, you should probably consider contacting some employment lawyers to see if anyone can take on your case. Having an excellent professional attorney specializing in employment law will allow you to be confident. Mainly when you address your religious discrimination case. This will help you to jump through any legal hurdles that you could potentially encounter. 

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Sensitivity Training

If you have successfully taken legal action and gotten your case through the court system, then there are a few things you should consider. Suppose you plan to stay at the same job where you experienced religious discrimination. In that case, you can expect your coworkers and employers to have to attend some sensitivity training. This is to help them come to terms with their shortcomings and problematic mindsets. There are many different types of sensitivity training, so depending on the nature of your job, it could vary somewhat. 

After reading through some of the information included above, the hope is that you have come away with a much clearer understanding of what you can do if you or a coworker experiences religious discrimination in the workplace. All workers deserve the right to perform their duties at their job without any undue stress from religious discrimination.

Whether or not you have experienced religious discrimination yourself regularly or have just seen casual displays of religious discrimination amongst your coworkers, it is your responsibility to address the issue and see that something gets done about it. Don’t sit back and let others treat you or anyone else differently just because of your religion. The days of casual racism and discrimination in the workplace are over.

Dragan Sutevski

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Dragan Sutevski is a founder and CEO of Sutevski Consulting, creating business excellence through innovative thinking. Get more from Dragan on Twitter. Contact Dragan