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33 percent claim to suffer from faith discrimination at work

Every worker in the United States deserves to have a workplace that is free of discrimination. The sad fact is, as a nation, we have a long way to go in this department. Recently, a nation-wide pole revealed that one out of every three people in Florida and the rest of the country claim to have be the victims of religious discrimination at work.

The study results were released by the Tanenbaum Center for Inter-religious Understanding. The organization contacted over 2,000 citizens to ask them how they felt about their level of religious freedom experienced on the job. Of the people polled, 32 percent of those claiming to be white evangelical Christians stated that they feel looked down upon by co-workers.

Conversely, 31 percent of non-religious people claim that they also feel looked down upon because of their lack of religious affiliation. Further, 60 percent of those claiming to be atheists said that they are not respected for their beliefs. Fifty percent of those polled agreed that Muslims suffer high levels of religious discrimination. Also, 60 percent of those claiming to be white evangelical Christians claimed that Christians are discriminated against just as much as people who have other faiths.

The fact that so many people in the United States and Florida feel that they have been victimized by faith discrimination in their workplaces points to the reality of workplace conditions. Anyone who feels they have been discriminated against at work because of their religion can assert their rights through the law. Victims of religious discrimination can seek protection against further discriminatory behavior. They can also seek compensation for lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages that have resulted from the discrimination.

Source: CBN.com, One Third See Religious Discrimination at Work, No author, Sept. 3, 2013

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