A person’s faith is deeply connected to their sense of self. It’s often seen as a core part of their identity. For this reason, experiencing discrimination because of your religion is a traumatic, distressing experience.
Thankfully, Federal Employment Law prohibits religious discrimination in the workplace.
According to Title VII, employers must reasonably accommodate their employees’ religious belief unless such accommodation would cause the employer undue hardship.
Employees who experience faith-based discrimination are eligible to file a claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Do I have claim?
To file a charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, you must demonstrate that you experienced unfair treatment because of your religion, such as:
- being terminated because of your religion
- being denied a raise or promotion because of your religion
- experiencing harassment or abuse on account of your religion
If the EEOC recognizes your claim, it will either suggest mediation with your employer or file a lawsuit on your behalf. You may only file a lawsuit if you receive explicit approval from the EEOC.
A successful claim may result in financial compensation for the losses you incurred because of the discriminatory practices.
Navigating the claim filing process can be a challenge. Employment law is filled with ambiguities and archaic language. For this reason, having an employment discrimination lawyer by your side is necessary.
An experienced lawyer can represent your interests before the EEOC and, if necessary, a court of law. They know the evidence needed to prove your case and can launch a thorough investigation to ensure the truth gets told.