Have you been the victim of religious discrimination at work? If so, you may have a right to compensation for your losses and damages, including emotional distress and suffering, lost wages and more.
Workplace discrimination takes many forms, especially when it comes to religion-based discrimination. But our labor attorneys can help you file a lawsuit and file a complaint with the appropriate government agency in an attempt to help you find justice.
Contact the Orlando employment lawyers of the Law Office of Hogan & Hogan, P.A. to discuss your situation in a no-cost case consultation. Call 407-422-2188.
The Most Common Questions About Religious Discrimination Lawsuits and Employment Laws
The Orlando attorneys of the Law Office of Hogan & Hogan, P.A. get lots of questions about workplace religious intolerance cases. So our legal team has compiled useful information on labor laws and employment discrimination on the basis of religion.
What’s Considered Religious Discrimination at Work?
Employment discrimination on the basis of religion can take a number of forms. In addition to discrimination, harassment is also prohibited by law.
The following scenarios may be considered religion discrimination:
- an individual is denied a job, denied a promotion, benefits or terminated due to their religion or lack of religious belief;
- an individual is threatened, ridiculed or harassed due to their religion or lack of religious belief;
- an individual is not allowed to dress in a manner that’s consistent with their religious beliefs;
- an employee is prohibited from maintaining a beard or other grooming style associated with their religion;
- an individual is not permitted to pray or read religious materials;
- an employer refuses to make accommodations for an individual’s religious activities, such as prayers or attending religious services;
- an employee is assigned to certain customers, clients or tasks based on their religion or lack thereof; or
- employees are required to pray or partake in activities that conflict with their religious beliefs.
An employer is required to make reasonable accommodations for many of these areas, such as dress, grooming habits, and work scheduling. Refusal to accommodate the employee can be considered workplace religious intolerance.
Notably, religious discrimination laws also cover atheists, who do not believe in a god or higher power.
Some workplace discrimination cases are not so cut-and-dry, so it’s always best to consult an attorney to discuss your case.
How Do You File a Complaint for Religious Discrimination at Work?
If you’ve been the victim of religious intolerance or religious harassment at work, you may wish to file a claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). This claim must be filed within one year (365 days) of the event in question.
You may also have an option to file the discrimination claim with the Florida Commission on Human Relations (FCHR). You have 300 days from the date of the religious discrimination event to file an FCHR claim.
Once a claim is filed, the other involved party will be notified in writing and provided with an opportunity to offer a written reply. Then, the involved agency will conduct an investigation within 180 days.
Resolution can take the form of mediation or the agency may pursue a viable claim, leading to compensation for your losses. In other cases, you may receive a “right to sue” document, which gives you the opportunity to resolve the matter with a religious discrimination lawsuit against the business in question.
There is a requirement for the victim to exhaust all administrative remedies. Once this occurs and a “right to sue” document is issued, an employment discrimination lawsuit may be filed. If the EEOC files a “right to sue” document, you have 90 days to file a discrimination suit. If you file a discrimination lawsuit based upon your state claim with the FCHR, you have four years from the date of the discrimination event or one year from the date of the agency’s “probable cause” determination.
Our Orlando Attorneys Will Help You Seek Justice With a Religious Discrimination Lawsuit or Claim
Religious discrimination at work can be very upsetting and distressing for the victim, who may feel as though they need to choose between their livelihood and their beliefs. But laws protect individuals who are in this situation, so it’s best to take action as soon as possible to maximize your chances of seeing a positive outcome.
At the Law Office of Hogan & Hogan, P.A., our talented team of Orlando discrimination lawyers take a “clients first” approach to every case that we handle. We believe that this approach eliminates much of the stress associated with the legal process, providing a significant benefit to our clients.
In addition to handling cases involving discrimination on the basis of religion, we also represent clients who are seeking to file a claim against a business or employer for discrimination on the based on race, color, sex, national origin, religion, pregnancy, age, and beyond. You may also have a claim if you were not paid a fair wage, were denied time off that ought to have been permitted based on the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) or were denied reasonable accommodations that are covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). We can review your case to determine if you have grounds to file a claim in civil court.
The law does limit the timeframe for pursuing litigation and filing a work discrimination lawsuit, so we encourage you to reach out to our attorneys as soon as possible to discuss your case in a confidential, no-cost session. Contact the Orlando discrimination lawyers with the Law Office of Hogan & Hogan, P.A. by calling 407-422-2188.