Do you believe your employer terminated you or treated you unfairly on account of your religious beliefs?
Workers are entitled to equal employment opportunities regardless of their faith. According to a recent survey by the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, adherents to many major faiths reported that they experienced religious discrimination, with 61% of Muslims, 48% of Jews, 21% of Protestants, and 19% of Catholics reporting that they suffered at least some level of religious discrimination in the past year.
Federal civil rights laws, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and the Equal Pay Act, along with the Illinois Human Rights Act (IHRA) contain prohibitions on employment discrimination on the basis of religion.
In broad terms, employers cannot use your religion as grounds for adverse employment actions such as termination, harassment, creating a hostile work environment, failure to hire, failure to promote, segregation away from customers because of actual or feared customer preference, or compensation discrimination. These statutes also prohibit retaliation against an individual for opposing discriminatory employment practices or for filing a discrimination charge, testifying, or participating in any way in an investigation, proceeding, or litigation under the statutes.
Employees who should also be aware of laws requiring employers to consider reasonable accommodations with respect to their employees’ sincerely held religious beliefs.
Attorney Jeffrey Kmoch has extensive experience litigating and counseling on matters involving religious discrimination. If you believe you have been terminated or mistreated by your employer on the basis of your religious beliefs, call today for a free consultation.
Statutes of limitations and deadlines to file administrative agency charges apply to employment discrimination claims, so time may be of the essence.