Attorney to File a Case Against Employer for Anti-Christian Discrimination
Discrimination is a rampant problem the world over. It raises issues in every facet of society, including at the workplace; employers and fellow employees may behave in prejudiced ways, harass others due to their personal beliefs, and make decisions that include different individuals or minorities. Religious discrimination is one of the most troublesome forms of discrimination, as most basic tenets of religion concern unity and tolerance. If you have been unfairly discriminated against due to your religion while at the workplace, you have the ability to file a lawsuit against your employer, as per Title VII of Civil Rights Act of 1964. We know the ordeal can be painful, traumatizing, and emotionally draining, and we at California Labor Law Employment Attorneys Group are here to help. Our clients come to us in need of representation in their lawsuits by an anti-Christian discrimination attorney, but they often have various types of inquiries. Examples of these questions include:
- My employer is anti-Christian. Can I sue him?
- My job fired my for being Christian. Can I file a lawsuit?
- Who do I call if I’m the victim of religious discrimination?
How to Start a Claim
If you have suffered religious discrimination at the workplace, you are able to file a lawsuit against the responsible party through one of two organizations: the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or your state’s Fair Employment Practice Acts agency. Each organization has a certain statute of limitations you must abide by in filing a claim; the EEOC, which operates on a federal level, gives you 180 days to file your discrimination claim, while state FEPA agencies give 300 days. You will receive a specific questionnaire and must complete it in full before returning it to the company. Within 30 days, you will receive a notice of whether or not you can proceed with a charge form, which will be provided to you by the agency.
After that, you should focus on your evidence. Your evidence should show exactly how your employer treated you unfairly or denied your religious accommodations as a Christian. If he refused to grant you time off for the Christmas or Easter holidays, for instance, this evidence should be documented as best as it can be, including your own description of the event, exactly what transpired, and what you believe the cause to be of the discrimination. You may ask for witness testimony from fellow coworkers as well, but this may be risky; some employees do not want to place their own jobs in jeopardy by helping someone else with a claim that can damage the company.
After all of the evidence has been gathered and evaluated, a representative will dismiss your claim or grant you a right to sue letter. You have 90 additional days to file this letter. Your employer may opt for mediation at this point, instead of continuing with the right to sue letter. This must be a mutually agreed upon decision.
You should be aware that you cannot file for religious discrimination if you have not alerted your employer to your religion and your specific request in a form. You must file a request for a religious accommodation; without doing so, your employer reserves the right to deny you certain exemptions if he wishes to. After all, your employer should not be expected to know your religious practices and beliefs; it is your responsibility to alert him and to ask for special permissions and exemptions.
Although religious discrimination can take on many forms, not all types are similar. Even though firing someone from employment based on his Christianity is discrimination, so is choosing to only hire Christians, for instance. You may be subjected to harassment or abuse in the workplace due to your faith, especially if you are in the minority at your job and your fellow employees and supervisor are of a similar belief system.
You may be prevented from taking time off for religious holidays, be denied a request to switch a work schedule around so that you can attend church, or be disallowed from leaving a function which clashes with your preferred religion. All of these examples fit under religious discrimination, and you should seek legal assistance to combat this type of prejudice.
Further, your expression of your faith cannot be prevented by your employer unless doing so creates undue hardships for the company. These hardships include high costs from allowing the request to be granted, the violation of other employees’ rights, or the sacrifice of workplace safety. If religious practices also put more workload on other employees or necessitate the hiring of additional employees, this would constitute an undue hardship, and the request would likely be denied.
You are eligible to receive compensation for suffering religious discrimination. A discrimination case at the workplace is different from a worker’s compensation claim; while worker’s compensation covers medical costs and can grant you disability benefits, discrimination claims can bring you lump sums, reinstatement (in the event you were fired or released from your occupation due to your religion), and promotions (to managerial or supervisory positions, for instance). Both discrimination and worker’s compensation claims can allow you to recover lost wages, however.
Additionally, you may be able to receive punitive damages if your employer acted intentionally. He may have a personal vendetta against Christians and feels it is his duty to prevent them from working at his corporation or any similar agency. This may even be the attitude of an entire board of directors at a business. If so, you may be able to recover punitive damages, which are rewarded to punish the defendant for his negligence or intentionally cruel or harmful decisions. These damages are also meant to influence change in the corporation or individual.
Choosing Us for You
California Labor Law Employment Attorneys Group is here to help you receive fair restitution from any religious discrimination in the workplace. Our attorneys understand that no belief system is free from the troubles of prejudice, and we want to ensure that you are in a safe, accepting workplace environment. To us, the way forward to a more peaceful world is through unity and respect, regardless of religious beliefs or preferences.
If you are in need of a Christian discrimination attorney, contact our firm for a free legal consultation. We will help you through the whole litigation process, from filing the claim with the EEOC or FEPA agency to reaching a settlement with your employer. We will be there with you every step of the way so that you feel provided for and taken care of, and most importantly, not alone.
Our zero fee guarantee is in place to ensure that by seeking legal representation, you do not suffer any more monetary damage than you already have. You do not owe us any money throughout the process, and we only collect our fees if we win your case. To ask you for payment when you may be without a job or receiving reduced hours is wrong, and your life comes first.
For more information on religious discrimination against Christians in the workplace, contact our firm today. California Labor Law Employment Attorneys Group will handle your case for you.