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Can I Sue My Employer for Religious Discrimination?

July 8, 2021

A person’s faith is a core part of their identity. Suffering religious discrimination in the workplace is a distressing, traumatic experience.

Thankfully, Federal Employment Law creates a cause of action for those that suffer discrimination because of their religion. A successful lawsuit may result in compensation for losses suffered because of the discrimination.

Employer Obligations

Under Title VII, employers must reasonably accommodate an employee’s religious practice, unless such accommodation would cause the employer undue hardship.

If the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission approves a discrimination claim, it will either recommend mediation with the employer or file a lawsuit in federal court on the employee’s behalf. The employee may only file a lawsuit after receiving express approval from the EEOC.

Do You Have a Claim?

Acts of unfair treatment may form the basis for a claim, including:

  • Being terminated on the basis of religion

  • Being denied a raise or promotion because of your religion

  • Suffering demeanor faith-based attacks and harassment

If you suffer any of the above, you can file a charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The charge must be filed within 180 days of the discriminatory act.

Navigating the EEOC’s filing process can be challenging, and employment law is notoriously slippery and vague. For these reasons, having an experienced employment discrimination attorney by your side is critical.

An attorney understands the evidence needed to prove your case and can negotiate a settlement with your employer. If the case goes to trial, they can provide a vigorous defense of your rights in a court of law.

If cost is a concern, many lawyers offer a free initial consultation at no out-of-pocket cost to the client.