New York Religious Discrimination laws & HR compliance analysis

New York Religious Discrimination: What you need to know

The New York Human Rights Law prohibits employment discrimination because of religion. The Act covers all employers with four or more employees (NY Exec. Law Sec. 296 et seq.). Under the Law, it is unlawful for an employer to:
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• Refuse to hire, employ, or discharge an individual or to discriminate against such individual in compensation or in terms, conditions, or privileges of employment because of creed.
• Print or circulate any advertisement or publication, or to use any form of application for employment, that expresses any limitation, specification, or discrimination as to creed, unless based on a bona fide occupational qualification (BFOQ).
• Make any inquiry in connection with prospective employment that expresses, directly or indirectly, any limitation, specification, or discrimination as to creed, unless based on a BFOQ.
• Aid, incite, compel, or coerce the doing of any of the acts forbidden under the law, or to attempt to do so.
• Impose any conditions that would require an individual to forego any sincerely held religious belief including the observance of any particular day or days as a sabbath or other holy day required by that employee's religion, unless it would cause undue hardship on the employer's business.
• Discharge, expel, retaliate, or otherwise discriminate against any person because he or she has opposed any practices forbidden under the Law, or because he or she has filed a complaint, testified, or assisted in any proceeding under the Law.
• Deny admittance to an apprenticeship training program, on-the-job training program, executive training program, or other occupational training or retraining program because of creed.
• Violate the terms of a conciliation agreement issued by ...

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