Praying at work is protected by laws but must be conducted in a manor that does not prevent or adversely effect normal work progress.
In Draper v. Logan County. Pub. Library, 403 F.Supp.2d 608 (W.D. Ky. 2005), a librarian had been fired for wearing a religious pendent around her neck. The court ruled that the librarian’s right to free speech and free exercise rights had been violated. Simply wearing a religious pendent to work did not prevent or adversely effect work progress.
However, chanting or praying during work hours that clearly distracts, prevents or adversely effects work progress might not be a violation of your civil rights.
If your employer does not allow you to pray during a lunch break or privately to yourself without disturbing normal work you may want to call us for a free consultation.