As someone who lives and works in the United States, you have the right to have your religious preferences respected by others. The First Amendment gives you the right to believe what you want and to be free from social consequences for your religious beliefs and decisions.
Knowing that they have the right to religious freedom can inspire some people to speak openly about their beliefs in inappropriate places or situations, like the workplace. For many, their beliefs are private, and they may become uncomfortable or offended if a coworker tries to force their beliefs on others.
Unfortunately, atheists can often face discrimination at work. What are your rights as a worker who faces discrimination because you choose not to follow a particular religion?
Your beliefs and ethics are as important as anyone else’s
Should you choose to not believe in a higher power or choose to refrain from joining an organized church doesn’t mean that you have fewer rights to protection than those with religious tendencies. Protection based on religious belief doesn’t just extend to specific faiths but rather any deeply-held ethical or moral values.
Many atheists have strong convictions behind their personal belief system. They deserve the same protections for their refusal or disinterest in religious observances that others receive for their religious beliefs, traditions or observances. You should not have to endure jokes, abuse or other forms of discrimination from your co-workers or your boss because you are an atheist.
If you experience discrimination in the workplace or you believe you were passed over for a promotion or special projects because of your beliefs, learn about your legal rights.