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I Feel Discriminated Against By My Employer Because Of My Religious Practice; What Should I Do?

The United States was founded in part on principles of religious liberty. Enshrined in our Constitution is the fact that the government is generally prohibited from preventing people from freely exercising their faith. In a logical extension of this principle, federal and state law also prohibit most employers from discriminating against people on the basis of religion. After all, what good would the right to practice a particular religion be if employment discrimination systematically marginalized people for exercising that right?

Unfortunately, people of various faiths are discriminated against in their employment on a daily basis throughout the State of Texas. Victims of this type of discrimination have significant legal rights, however, so it is important for anyone who believes that he or she has been discriminated against on the basis of religion to speak with an attorney as soon as possible.

What Does Religious Discrimination in Employment Look Like?

There are various forms of religious discrimination that can take place in the workplace, including the following:

  • Refusing to hire a particular candidate;
  • Firing someone for their lawful exercise of their faith;
  • Failing to promote someone;
  • Giving less desirable job assignments to an individual;
  • Harassment by supervisors or fellow employees; and
  • Unreasonably failing to accommodate an employee's religious practices.

Of course, employees are not allowed to take any action they would like and claim that it is part of an exercise of their religion. Employers are only required to accommodate a particular employee's good faith religious beliefs to the extent that the accommodation does not impose an undue hardship on the employer.

What Options do Victims Have?

Title VII of Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Texas Labor Code allow individuals who have been the victims of religious discrimination to file a lawsuit against their employer and recover damages. These lawsuits are often extremely complicated, and victims are required to go through significant preliminary steps before they may sue under this law, so anyone considering filing a claim should speak with a lawyer immediately.

Contact an Austin Employment Law Attorney Today to Discuss Your Legal Options

If you feel that you have been discriminated against in your employment because of your religious beliefs or other impermissible reason, you should speak with an experienced lawyer as soon as possible. Austin employment law lawyer Edmond S. Moreland Jr. has been practicing law in the state of Texas since 1997 and is dedicated to protecting his clients' legal rights in the workplace. To schedule a consultation with the Moreland Law Firm, call our office today at 512-782-2293.

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