When people think of religious discrimination, they generally think of discrimination against people who believe in a god or gods. For instance, if Muslim workers are discriminated against by an employer who chooses to only hire Christian workers, this is seen as unfair treatment. Freedom of religion is an important part of the American identity, and those types of hiring practices are discriminatory.

However, it’s important to know that you do not have to believe in any god at all to experience this type of discrimination. You don’t have to belong to a traditional religion like Christianity or Islam or Judaism. Your non-theistic beliefs get the same protection under the law as traditional religious beliefs.

Nonbelievers can get mistreated as well

For instance, perhaps you don’t believe in any god, but you do have a moral code that you follow. You have your own beliefs on what is right or wrong and an ethical standing that you take on certain issues. Those ethics, or that sense of morality, are not centered around a divine creator, but they’re still just as real and important to you as any religious person’s religion is to them.

Legally speaking, if you get discriminated against for these views, that’s still religious discrimination. In fact, there are many religions that do not believe in a god at all. Some are more like a moral code or may have other spiritual elements. Workers who follow these belief systems also deserve to be treated fairly.

Have you been discriminated against based on your beliefs? If so, it’s crucial for you to know about the legal options you have moving forward. Talk to an experienced advocate about what you should do next.