Distinguished Tennessee Employment Lawyers Standing Against Religious Discrimination on the Job
We are advocates for your religious rights in the workplace in Nashville, Chattanooga, Memphis, and Jackson and across Tennessee
Freedom to follow and express one’s religious beliefs and practices is an essential part of American life, the very first freedom enumerated in our Bill of Rights. It is a freedom that extends into every area of our lives, including the workplace. When employers make decisions based on an employee’s or applicant’s religion, or lack thereof, the employee may have cause to pursue legal action.
If you have encountered employment discrimination, hardship, or harassment in the workplace or the job market because of your religious beliefs, practices, or affiliation, the lawyers at Gilbert Russell McWherter Scott Bobbitt, PLC want to hear from you. The Gilbert Firm’s Tennessee religious discrimination attorneys have proven experience in employment law, and an enviable record of successful case outcomes that has gained them national recognition as one of the nation’s leading employment law firms.
What are your religious rights in the workplace?
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination in the terms and conditions of employment because of religion. It also requires employers to make reasonable accommodations for employees’ religious practices, “unless doing so would create an undue hardship.” The first part of this is clear: outright discrimination or disparate treatment in hiring, firing, advancement, salary levels, policy administration, etc. based on an individual’s religion is unlawful, as is religion-based harassment. Where problems arise, however, is in the area of “reasonable accommodation” and “undue hardship,” concepts whose interpretations frequently differ between employers and employees. A Tennessee religious discrimination attorney can explain how such concepts relate to your case.
How are “reasonable accommodation” and “undue hardship” interpreted?
This is an ongoing issue. Reasonable accommodations include adjustments to the work environment that allow employees to practice their religions, such as flexible scheduling, voluntary shift substitutions, job reassignments, and modifications to workplace policies or practices. It is the latter two that have become most contentious. For example, some cases have dealt with matters of employee attire such as Muslim women’s headscarves (hajibs) and Orthodox Jewish men’s skullcaps (yarmulkes). Employers have argued that their policies prohibiting employees in sales positions from wearing such articles, including conspicuous religious jewelry, are necessary to protect their market image.
Another issue is the matter of religious speech in the workplace; that is to say the extent, if any, to which employers may restrict employees’ discussing their religious beliefs or proselytizing if other employees object. It also includes regulations about placement of religious pictures or posters on office or cubicle walls where they can be plainly seen by others. The variations on these legal themes seem endless and often result in human rights complaints and litigation. A Tennessee religious discrimination lawyer can build your case and bring you peace of mind at work.
Religious discrimination is against the work. Let a Tennessee lawyer help you
You should always bring your problems and concerns about possible discrimination to your employer’s attention first, through your human resources department or your union representative. That may be all that is necessary to resolve them. If your problems remain unresolved, or if you experience retaliation as a result of having complained, you should consider consulting one of the experienced Tennessee religious discrimination attorneys at the Gilbert Firm. Our attorneys are licensed to practice in both federal and state courts and have built a solid reputation as premier legal advocates for Tennessee clients.
To learn more about how we can help, please call 888.996.9731 and discuss your complaint with one of our employment attorneys, or fill out our contact form to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. Our offices are conveniently located in Nashville, Chattanooga, Memphis, and Jackson.