Religious Discrimination In Employment

The United States has a long tradition of religious tolerance and diversity. The First Amendment to the United States Constitution guarantees each individual the right to practice the religion of his or her choice or to practice no religion at all. Our employment laws reflect this principle.

The First Amendment protects religious freedom for employees of governmental entities. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act protects the religious liberty of employees of private businesses. Those laws prohibit employers from harassing, demoting, terminating, or otherwise mistreating employees because of their sincerely held religious beliefs. Such mistreatment can occur in many ways. For example, with certain limitations, employers generally are not allowed to schedule employees in a way that limits their ability to attend worship services. On the other hand, employers cannot require employees to participate in prayers that violate the employees' religious principles or punish employees who do not attend religious services.

Attorney Wes Sullenger has helped individuals who suffered discrimination because of their religious beliefs -- including requirements of religious dress, hair styling, and church attendance -- receive compensation for illegal treatment. Call us at (270) 442-4369 to schedule a consultation so we can evaluate your case and discuss what we can do to help you.

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