Freedom of religion is one of the many protections enshrined in the US Constitution; despite this, religious minorities regularly face persecution and unfair treatment all across the United States. On the job, this may not be explicit or overt and is often not immediately obvious, even to the victim. However, over time it may become apparent that official or unofficial policies are restricting your opportunities for advancement.
If you suspect this is happening to you, the religious discrimination lawyers at McCarthy Weisberg Cummings, P.C. may be able to help. We have years of experience representing clients of all faiths and can provide the advice and guidance you need to protect your interests on the job.
What Is Religious Discrimination?
Religious discrimination takes many forms. One of the most common is a refusal to accommodate an employee’s beliefs. This can include scheduling a Jewish employee to work over Shabbat or during high holidays; it can also include dress policies that prohibit Muslim women from wearing a hijab or force a Rastafarian to cut their hair. According the state and federal equal opportunity laws, reasonable efforts must be made to accommodate these and other considerations.
More outright forms of discrimination can include overlooking religious minorities for promotions or delegating them to menial tasks. Hiring patterns can reveal prejudice over time; if a company consistently passes over equally qualified minorities in favor of other candidates, it may be possible to lodge a formal complaint or sue for damages. Unfortunately, these cases can be hard to prove. To discuss the specifics of your case in detail, contact the religious discrimination lawyers at McCarthy Weisberg Cummings, P.C. and book your free consultation.
Protecting Yourself from Retaliation
Unfortunately, employees who lodge a formal complaint or draw attention to discriminatory practices or policies often face retaliation and harassment on the job. After speaking out, you may find yourself the victim of threats or intimidation; you may come under increased scrutiny or be assigned unfavorable or demeaning work in an effort to force you to quit. Before taking any action, we encourage you to speak with an experienced employment attorney to seek advice.
Exploring Your Options
If you’ve been the victim of discrimination, harassment or retaliation, you have several legal options available to you. The first step is usually to file a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or the Pennsylvania Human Rights Commission (PHRC). Following that, the next step may be to bring formal charges against your employer. At this point, we may try to negotiate a settlement or argue your case before a judge. Whichever option you end up pursuing, McCarthy Weisberg Cummings, P.C. will provide representation every step of the way. Our religious discrimination lawyers have over 40 years of combined experience fighting for those who have been victimized or denied opportunities as a result of their faith.
Your initial consultation with our legal team is always free, and we are able to serve clients throughout the state of Pennsylvania. Call today for more information.