Launch a Religious Discrimination Case and Fight for Your Religious Freedom
Religious freedom is entrenched in the U.S. Constitution, but cases of religious discrimination in the workplace are rife across the country.
The Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC) received 2,404 complaints of religious discrimination at work in 2020. Since 1997, the average number of charges of religious discrimination has been 2,901 per year.
If you are experiencing religious discrimination in the workplace, DoNotPay can help—we will show you what the courts have decided in the past and how these decisions can help you launch a religious discrimination case to fight for your rights!
Religious Discrimination Court Cases
Anti-discrimination laws in the U.S. guarantee your right to practice your religion without fear of discrimination at work.
Over many years, certain landmark religious discrimination cases have tested the Civil Rights Act and set precedents that make your position as an employee today relatively strong. The most important cases are:
- EEOC v. Abercrombie and Fitch (2013)
- EEOC v. AutoZone (2010)
- EEOC v. Scottish Food Systems, Inc. d/b/a Kentucky Fried Chicken and Laurinburg KFC Take Home, Inc. d/b/a Kentucky Fried Chicken (2014)
EEOC v. Abercrombie and Fitch (2013)
The EEOC prosecuted a case against Abercrombie and Fitch in 2013 concerning two Muslim employees who were prohibited from wearing a hijab to work in contravention of their religious beliefs. The defendant was ordered to pay $71,000 in damages and to change its anti-discrimination policies accordingly.
EEOC v. AutoZone (2010)
AutoZone, Inc. was found guilty of discrimination for harassing a Sikh employee and refusing him permission to wear a turban to work.
EEOC v. Scottish Food Systems, Inc. d/b/a Kentucky Fried Chicken and Laurinburg KFC Take Home, Inc. d/b/a Kentucky Fried Chicken (2014)
The Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise attempted to force a female employee to wear pants to work, which violated her religious beliefs. The franchisee was found guilty and ordered to pay damages to the employee.
Many of the cases of religious discrimination that appear before U.S. courts concern dress or grooming regulations entrenched in various religions.
The EEOC has, therefore, published a set of guidelines that explain what an employer should allow to avoid a charge of religious discrimination. The guidelines are not legally binding but are based on precedents set in court over the last few years.
What Are My Rights?
As a follower of a recognized religion, or even as someone who holds strong beliefs concerning morals and ethics, you have the right to protection against:
- Discriminatory hiring and firing based on religion
- Unfair bias in job allocations, promotion practices, or remuneration policies
- Harassment or victimization at work based on your religious beliefs
The law also ensures that your employer should make reasonable accommodations to allow you to practice your religion. Such accommodations could include:
- No work on the Sabbath for Jewish employees
- Friday lunchtime freedom to attend mosque for followers of Islam
- Inclusion of religious dietary requirements in staff canteens
- Acceptance of prescribed clothing and grooming for certain religions
What Can I Do if My Employer Is Violating or Ignoring My Rights?
If you are experiencing any kind of discrimination due to your religion, you need to do the following:
|Check your company’s policies on religion||Your employer should have a written policy that confirms it aims to adhere to the laws against workplace discrimination|
|File an official complaint with your supervisor or the HR department||Your complaint needs to be in writing and should be logged officially by HR|
|Keep a diary||You should keep written notes of every incident of religious discrimination, including:
In an ideal world, raising the issue officially would cause your employer to take action and resolve the matter.
If this doesn’t happen, you may have to escalate your case—this is where DoNotPay can help you!
What Can DoNotPay Do To Help?
This can be a laborious process, but DoNotPay is here to make it simple—all you have to do is:
- Sign up with DoNotPay in your web browser
- Open our Fight Workplace Discrimination product
- Fill in the details of your case
DoNotPay will file your charge with the nearest EEOC field office, which will contact you to start an investigation.
What Happens Next?
The EEOC will:
- Tell your employer about your charge
- Investigate your allegations
- Decide to:
Whatever the outcome, DoNotPay and the EEOC are your partners to fight for your freedom from religious discrimination.
What Other Kinds of Discrimination Should I Look Out For?
Discrimination in the workplace can also be based on:
Any form of discrimination is illegal—DoNotPay is committed to helping you fight for your rights regardless of the discrimination type!
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