Freedom of religion is one of the core values on which our country was founded. In private employmernt, religious discrimination is prohibited by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and similar state laws.
Religious discrimination occurs when employees or applicants are treated differently because of their religious beliefs (or lack thereof). Favoritism -- by which an employer favors those who share his or her religious beliefs -- is also prohibited. And, employers are legally required to reasonably accommodate their employees' religious practices and beliefs, unless doing so would impose more than a minimal cost or burden on the business.