White Plains Religious Discrimination Lawyers
Our Award-Winning White Plains, NY Religious Discrimination Attorneys have successfully represented many employees who been disciplined or terminated for exercising their religious beliefs and practices. Our attorneys are very familiar and experienced handing cases under the federal, state and local laws prohibits discrimination based on religion. Whether it was an issue with exercising religious beliefs or practices, our Employment Lawyers have counseled many employees at large and small employers located in or near White Plains, Westchester County. If you feel you were treated differently or harassed due to your religion, call us now to learn your workplace rights and options at (914) 723-7900. Do not wait to assert your lawful workplace rights. Your job is too important. We strive to do our best to represent you during this delicate time. An overview of Religious Discrimination with some illustrative examples is provided below.
Discrimination Based on Your Religion is Wrong and Illegal
Discrimination based on religion occurs when individuals who have different religious beliefs are treated differently. It is unlawful to treat someone differently because of their beliefs, or their practices; harassing or firing such individuals can be discriminatory. Religious Discrimination can be defined two different ways. One is when an individual is harassed because he or she is of a different religious background. Another form of religious discrimination is when an individual is taunted for not having any religious beliefs.
Examples of Religious Discrimination
- When an atheist employee informs his supervisor about his religious beliefs and is fired shortly thereafter because of his beliefs.
- When employees are teased and harassed because they are wearing religious garments such as a turban, head scarves, yarmulkes, etc.
- If an employee has a religious practice or event which he must attend and is willing to trade shifts or make up the work at any other time, but the employer refuses to accommodate to this arrangement, even if it is possible.
What Should I Do If I am a Victim of Religious Discrimination
You may want to consider the following factors:
- DEVELOP A STRATEGY: Remember that each case is unique and you should speak with an experienced Employment Lawyer as soon as possible to develop and present the strongest legal arguments in the appropriate forum and manner. At the outset, it is important that you understand your options, strength of your claim, the benefits and the risks (which many employees overlook).
- KEEP A RECORD: Your employer maintains a personnel file on your employment. You may want to consider keeping your own file by writing down every instance of unlawful discrimination or harassment – what happened, what was said, what time and where did it occur, were there any witnesses, how did it make you feel, did you complain about it, etc. You should exercise some caution as these documents could become discoverable and viewed by your employer in a lawsuit or administrative proceeding. Since you generally do not have an expectation of privacy, you should keep your notes at home, not at work or on your work computer.
- FILE A COMPLAINT: You should consider a written complaint about retaliation to your employer. Review your Company’s complaint process – is there an ombudsman, a Human Resources Contact Person or Complaint Hotline? If you are a member of a union, you may be able to file a grievance under the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Make sure you keep a copy of everything you submit and receive from the Company regarding your complaint.
- KNOW YOUR DEADLINES: Depending on your specific facts, you may be able to file a lawsuit, administrative charge or another type of claim. You should consult with an experienced employment lawyer immediately to ensure that you do not miss any deadlines or statute of limitations periods.
Call now to speak with one of our White Plains Employment Law Attorneys to learn your workplace rights, options and how we can help you -- (914) 723-900. Do not hesitate to contact us if you are a victim of race discrimination and your workplace has been affected.