The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution prohibits Congress from enacting any law that infringes on the free exercise of religion, and that prohibition was later applied to the states. However, despite our founders’ intention to establish religious liberty, religious minorities have suffered persecution at various times throughout our country’s history. As a result, new laws were enacted with additional protections, including protections against discrimination in the workplace. If you have been the victim of religious discrimination by your employer, the Law Offices of James Jean-Francois, P.A. in Hollywood can help. For almost two decades, I have fought to protect workers at all levels from unlawful discrimination. If you want a tireless advocate who is determined to deliver justice, I am only a phone call away.
Religious discrimination in the workplace takes many forms, such as:
If you have been confronted with any of this type of contact, you may have a case of religious discrimination.
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects workers from religious discrimination and requires employers to make reasonable accommodations for religious practices. The law may cover conduct if these conditions are met:
When these conditions are met, the worker should file a claim of religious discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. If the EEOC does not resolve the complaint satisfactorily, the worker has the option to bring suit in federal court. Under Title VII, a worker is entitled to:
Complaints of religious discrimination can be difficult to prove. You should immediately consult a reputable employment law attorney who can evaluate your case and explain your rights to you.
The Florida Civil Rights Act mimics Title VII in many ways, but there are two important distinctions. The FCRA allows you a full year from the date of the discriminatory incident to file a claim, whereas Title VII complaints must be filed within 180 days. Additionally, the FCRA applies to companies with at least 15 employees, not 20. So, if the company is too small to fall under Title VII, you can still pursue your rights with a claim under the FCRA.
The Law Offices of James Jean-Francois, P.A. provides employment law representation for workers who have faced religious discrimination in the Hollywood area. To schedule a free consultation, call 954-780-8505 or contact my office online. My Hollywood office is conveniently located at 6100 Hollywood Blvd., Suite 211, between Florida’s Turnpike and South State Road 7.