Religious discrimination unfortunately takes place every day all throughout the country. For example, recently in Washington, DC, a young high school track and field star who is of the Muslim faith was told that she had to remove her running outfit in that it consisted of a head covering that was not allowed per the track and field rules. The young girl, did not compete in the event and is suing the event for interfering with her religious beliefs.
In Seatle, Washington recently a young woman was working at a Best Western where she had been wearing a scarf, called a hijab, for religious reasons. Her boss told her that the scarf was not part of the new uniforms and she had to take it off. The young woman said she would not, that it was her religious freedom to wear it. Her boss disagreed and said you either take it off or you are going to be fired. She did not take it off and she was fired. She has since sued in Federal Court for religious discrimination and the case is still pending.
Also, religious discrimination can happen to anyone. Take for example the former Miss California, Carrie Prejean. You may recall that she did not win the Miss USA pageant because of an answer she gave during the competition regarding gay marriages. Well, she is now suing the pageant for in part religious discrimination.
Even locally, recently, in Louisville, a local article discusses how an insurance company had to pay $75,000 in fines to settle a religious discrimination claim. The company was advertising special home onwers’ and renters’ benefits to ‘churchgoers’ and ‘persons of faith’. Well, 3 plaintiffs, an atheist, an agnostic, and the Lexington Fair Housing Council sued claiming this was illegal and in violation of Title VII and a form of religious discrimination. The insurance company relented and agreed to settle the case.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) says that nationally religious discrimination has risen more than 30 percent from the previous 5 years between 2002 and 2006. Further, in 2008, the EEOC reports a record high of 3,273 complaints of religious discrimination.
If you have been the victim of religious discrimination, please call and speak to a Louisville religious discrimination lawyer at the Law Offices of Andrew S. Alitowski at 888-ASK-ANDREW (275-2637) or contact us online. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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