People commonly practice religions that differ from other individuals around them. Fortunately, the U.S. Constitution allows for a freedom of religion that protects these practices. On a less positive note, some people may face discrimination on the basis of their religions, which can even take place at work. When this happens, employees or former employees may have reason to pursue employment litigation.
New York readers may be interested in such a case taking place in another state. Reports indicated that a 34-year-old man, who is half Native American, worked for a construction company before being terminated from his position. He believes that he was discriminated against and wrongfully fired on the basis of his religion. The issues began when the man expressed his disinterest in Bible study meetings required on the job.
Apparently, the owner of the construction company required workers to attend these meetings every week. The worker had told his boss that he felt uncomfortable going to the meetings as he did not practice Christianity, but his employer told him that he would be replaced if he did not attend. The man went to the meetings for several months before again expressing his disinterest and concerns over legality. As a result, he was fired. As part of the lawsuit he has filed, he hopes to obtain $800,000 in compensation for damages.
Many people need their jobs, and even if they feel they are being treated unfairly, they may put up with the treatment for some time due to fear of retaliation. As this man's case shows, it may be necessary to take legal action to address wrongdoing on the job. New York workers who have faced religious discrimination or wrongful termination may want to gain information on their employment litigation options.