Religious Discrimination Lawyers
Religious discrimination involves treating an employee unfavorably because of his or her religious beliefs. The law protects not only people who belong to traditional, organized religions, such as Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism, but also others who have sincerely held religious, ethical or moral beliefs.
Religious discrimination can also involve treating someone differently because that person is married to (or associated with) an individual of a particular religion or because of his or her connection with a religious organization or group.
What is Religious Discrimination?
Federal and state laws protect individuals against employment discrimination on the basis of religion. It is against the law for an employer to discriminate against any employee, or applicant for employment, because of his/her religion in regard to hiring, termination, promotion, compensation, job training, or any other term, condition, or privilege of employment.
The law prohibits unreasonable refusal to accommodate religiously motivated conduct and practices as well as beliefs. Federal law intends to protect not only of victims of overt discrimination, but also those individuals who are unintentionally discriminated against because their religious views conflict with neutral work rules. The law is intended to relieve individuals of the burden of choosing between their job and their religious connections where an employer’s religious accommodation does not burden others. It is unlawful to discriminate against employees because of their religion if a reasonable accommodation of their religious beliefs and practices can be made without causing the employer undue hardship.
How to Deal with Unlawful Treatment
Many companies have policies regarding discrimination, harassment or retaliation in their company handbook. Likewise, they may have reporting requirements, which may require you to follow a certain procedure. You should request that the company take action to stop and correct discrimination, harassment, or retaliation. You should follow those procedures and document your actions in writing. Failure to follow those procedures may lead to a denial of your rights to recover legal damages for the improper action of the company.
However, if following these internal procedures does not lead to a satisfactory result, consider contacting an employment discrimination attorney. The attorneys at KM&A will evaluate your case and take appropriate action to ensure that you are not forced to deal with continued workplace discrimination.
Sue for Religious Discrimination
The federal and state government provides protections for those workers who have religious beliefs. Employers are not permitted to discriminate against workers for their religious beliefs. When an employee believes that he or she have suffered harassment, discrimination, or termination due to their religion, that employee can file a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. An employment lawyer can guide you through a successful filing with a favorable outcome.
1. Gather Information
When you begin to suspect that you are being treated differently due to your religious beliefs, gather documents, whether work schedules or texts, that reveal the discrimination. Keep a copy of this information at a location not at work. You may end up wanting it for the future.
2. File an EEOC Complaint
Keep your options open and also file your EEOC complaint with the PHRC. A complaint can be made in person or by mail, but be sure to file your complaint before the deadline. Legal action can only be taken against employers when the prime incident was within a certain time frame.
3. Wait for the Investigation Outcome
The EEOC responds a filed complaint by starting an investigation of your claims. This investigation only has 180 days. If you hear nothing or your complaint is dismissed, then you can request a Right to Sue letter.
4. File a lawsuit
Once you receive the Right to Sue letter, you can file a lawsuit. If you don’t already have a lawyer, you should have one for this process. A lawyer can help you to win your case and recover the damages that you have suffered.
If you have been discriminated against, contact a KM&A attorney to discuss the details of your case and receive the help you deserve. Chat with a discrimination lawyer today: (412) 626-5626 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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