Denial of Time Off for Religious Reasons
Under United State labor laws, employers are not legally required to allow their employees to take time off of work to observe religious holidays and to engage in require religious practices. Employers who deny time off, though, may be doing so for discriminatory reasons.
Religious discrimination in the workplace is not legal, nor should it be tolerated. If you or someone you love was denied time off of work to observe a religious holiday without a good reason, contact the Austin labor lawyers of The Melton Law Firm, today at 512-330-0017.
Legal Reasons for Denial
Since employers are not required to grant time off for religious observances, they may choose to deny some requests. In many cases, these denials are perfectly within the law and are not a result of discrimination. For example, an employer may deny a request for time off when:
- The employee is coming up on a deadline
- The company is facing an especially busy time
- The employee has used all of his or her allotted time off
When one of these conditions does not apply and an employer rejects a request for time off for religious observance, then the employer may be acting out of discrimination, which is illegal.
If you feel your employer has discriminated against you for your religious beliefs, you should take action to hold your employer accountable. Contact the Austin labor attorneys of The Melton Law Firm, at 512-330-0017 today to learn more about your legal rights and options.