Did you know that you could face discrimination in the workplace because of your spouse’s religion? It doesn’t matter if you hold the same religious beliefs yourself or not.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) makes a direct point of defining this type of religious discrimination as just as illegal as if you faced discrimination based on your own religion.
For instance, maybe you work at a company where most people follow the same religion. You’re also of the same persuasion. When you started dating your spouse, some people even expressed concern. You weren’t too worried about it and just kept dating and eventually got married.
Suddenly, you noticed that your co-workers started treating you differently. They started acting hostilely toward you. They purposefully and loudly began making jokes about your spouse’s religion around you. Maybe you started getting all of the jobs and shifts that no one wanted, or your hours got cut when no one else’s did.
You still follow the same religion as the people you work for and with, but it’s clear to you that they do not approve of your spouse or your marriage. It’s apparent that they are taking that out on you by discriminating against you on a consistent basis.
If this happens, it is very important that you understand all of the legal options that you have. All workers, regardless of the circumstances of their personal lives, deserve fair treatment. If that’s not what you’re getting at your workplace in Kentucky, you may need to look into what steps you can take.