Muslim physicians in California often face religious discrimination in the workplace, according to a nationwide survey by the University of Chicago. The John Templeton Foundation-funded study found that almost half of the survey respondents said that they felt they were under more scrutiny than their peers at work. About one in four of the survey respondents said that they had experienced religious discrimination in the workplace at least once.
The religious discrimination research was conducted by analyzing the responses of 255 Muslim American physicians around the country. Respondents who said that their religion was a very important aspect of their lives reported a greater amount of religious discrimination in the workplace.
While the study author said that there was some concerning evidence of religious discrimination from the survey, he said that some of the survey’s findings were encouraging. For example, Muslim American physicians who indicated their religion to others through their appearance or religious practices did not face an increased level of discrimination compared to Muslim American physicians who did not indicate their religion. Indications of the Muslim religion include wearing a beard or a hijab and performing ritual prayers throughout the day.
Workers may face discrimination for their religion in a number of different ways. If an employer fails to make accommodations for an employee’s religious practices, this could be considered workplace discrimination. Some individuals may also experience discrimination during the hiring process when they are turned down for a job that they are qualified for because of their religion. An attorney may be of assistance to a client who has experienced religious discrimination in the workplace through preparing a claim documenting the conduct and filing it with the appropriate agency.