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Is it illegal to fire an employee for religious reasons? In the United States, it is. According to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 any discrimination against employees based on their religion is against the law. This includes discriminatory acts in:

  • Hiring
  • Workplace environment
  • Disciplinary acts
  • Promotions
  • Raises
  • Other job opportunities
  • Firing/job termination

Reasonable Accommodation Of Religious Practice

Title VII made these provisions for the benefit of religious employees by requiring employees to reasonably accommodate the religious practices of employees (or prospective employees). As long as the religious practice would not cause the employer any “undue hardship”, employers are required to make room for an employee’s religious adherence.

Reasonable accommodation of religious beliefs could include:

  • Scheduling flexibility
  • Work schedule substitutions or “swapping shifts”
  • Requests for job reassignments
  • Requests for lateral transfers

 When You Have Been Discriminated Against Due To Religion

If you have been recently fired from your job and you have reason to believe it was based on your religion, you may have wrongful termination lawsuit to file. If you asked to take off work for a religious holiday and were told you could not or reasonable accommodation was not given, you may have a workplace discrimination case. If you were fired for taking off work for a religious holiday or other religious reasons, don’t hesitate to contact an attorney.

Title VII protects you from this kind of treatment in the workplace and our team of employee discrimination attorneys is prepared to help fight for your personal and religious rights.

Goldman & Ehrlich Religious Discrimination Attorneys

Contact the dedicated Chicago employment attorneys of Goldman & Ehrlich today. Employees that need the benefit of sound legal counsel and the strength of vigorous representation for an employment legal dispute call us anytime at 312.332.6733 or contact our Chicago office online.