North Carolina Religious Discrimination laws & HR compliance analysis

North Carolina Religious Discrimination: What you need to know

Private employers. Under the North Carolina Equal Employment Practices Act, discrimination in employment based on religion is a violation of public policy (NC Gen. Stat. Sec. 143-422.1et seq.). The Act covers employers with 15 or more employees.
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Public employers. The North Carolina Discrimination in Public Employment Law prohibits the state and all its political subdivisions from discriminating in employment because of religion or creed (NC Gen. Stat. Sec. 126-16).
Agreements with foreign governments, foreign persons, or international organizations. Under a separate state law, it is unlawful for a public or private employer to enter into an agreement with any foreign government, foreign person, or international organization that requires the employer to terminate, refuse to hire, or fail to promote a person because of the person's race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, or foreign trade relationships (NC Gen. Stat. Sec. 75B-1 et seq.). Triple damages may be awarded for a willful violation of this law (NC Gen. Stat. Sec. 75B-4).
Federal law under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 requires employers with 15 or more employees to accommodate the religious beliefs and practices of job applicants and employees, unless to do so would create an undue business hardship.
Reasonable accommodation may mean exploring and implementing alternative workplace practices that are compatible with the employee's religious beliefs, such as flexible arrival and departure times. It may also include floating or optional holidays, flexible work breaks, use of lunch time in exchange for early departure, staggered work hours, and permitting an employee to make up time lost because of ...

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North Carolina Religious Discrimination Resources

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Handouts Take Action to Avoid Religious Discrimination (PDF) (Handout)
Policies Nondiscrimination
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