Philadelphia Discrimination Lawyers
Working people are protected against discrimination on the basis of their religion. Our Philadelphia religious discrimination lawyers have represented victims of discrimination based on religion and have achieved compensation and job protection when they have been treated unlawfully. These clients contact us because they were discriminated against at work or subjected to a hostile work environment. Employment lawyers at Galfand Berger are here to help you and protect you from religious discrimination and harassment.
If you believed you’ve been discriminated against because of your religion, here are some questions you may have:
What is Religious discrimination?
Federal and state law protects individuals against employment discrimination on the basis of religion. It is against the law for an employer to discriminate against any employee, or applicant for employment, because of his/her religion in regard to hiring, termination, promotion, compensation, job training, or any other term, condition, or privilege of employment.
The law prohibits the unreasonable refusal to accommodate religiously motivated conduct and practices as well as beliefs. The law is intended to protect not only of victims of discrimination but also individuals who are unintentionally discriminated against because their religion conflicts with neutral work rules. The law is intended to relieve individuals of the burden of choosing between their job and their religious connections where an employer’s accommodation would not be a burden to others. It is unlawful to discriminate against employees because of their religion if a reasonable accommodation of their religious beliefs and practices can be made without causing the employer with any undue hardship.
What should you do if you believe you have been unlawfully treated?
Many companies have policies regarding any discrimination, harassment or retaliation that occurs in their company handbook. Likewise, they may have reporting requirements, which may mandate you to follow a certain procedure. You should request that the company take action to correct and stop any discrimination, harassment or retaliation that is occurring. You should follow the procedure and document your actions in writing. Failure to follow the procedure may lead to a denial of your rights to recover legal damages for the improper action of the company.
You have to act promptly.
There is a limited time in which you can bring a claim for religious discrimination, harassment, or retaliation. You must file your claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) under Title VII of the Civil Rights within 180 days of the last act of discrimination. The same holds true for filing a state claim with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC). However, if you file a claim with the PHRC within 180 days of the last act of discrimination or harassment, you can file a claim with the EEOC within 300 days of the last act of discrimination or harassment.
Contact the Experienced Philadelphia Religious Discrimination Attorneys at Galfand Berger
If you or a loved one believes that you have a claim for discrimination, harassment, or retaliation, we are happy to answer your questions and have one of our Philadelphia employment lawyers review your case for free. Please call us at 1-800-222-USWA (8792) or complete our short contact form and a member of our firm will contact you.
With offices in Philadelphia, Lancaster, Bethlehem and Reading, we serve clients throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. And, remember, there is no fee unless we recover for you.