Chicago Religious Discrimination Lawyer
Lake County Attorney Protecting Clients from Religious Discrimination in Illinois
Attorney Ross J. Peters is a top-rated attorney prepared to fight for what you believe in. He is a known adversary to injustice in the workplace because of religious beliefs. If your beliefs do not interfere with your capacity to perform your job or handle the requirements of a position, they should never be a factor in employment decisions. As one of the premier law firms in Chicago handling religious discrimination issues in the workplace, The Law Offices of Ross J. Peters, Ltd. is dedicated to securing fair outcomes for its clients.
Named as one of Illinois’ top ten plaintiffs’ employment lawyers by the Leading Lawyers Network, Mr. Peters practices law at an elite level which ensures that his clients receive the best representation possible with respect to employment issues.
Defining Religion in Chicago Employment Law
According to the Illinois Human Rights Act, religion includes any aspects of religious observance, practice and belief. As long as the religion does not interfere with the employee or prospective employee to handle the duties of a position or cause undue hardship for an employer, it cannot be used as a basis for employment decisions.
Important Laws Dealing with Religious Discrimination
State and federal laws protect individuals from being discriminated against based on their religion. Some important laws governing fair employment practices regardless of religion include:
- The Illinois Human Rights Act
- Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII)
- Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations (C.F.R.), Part 1605
The relevant agencies for laws dealing with religious discrimination include the Illinois Department of Human Rights and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Employment Accommodations for Religious Beliefs
The Illinois Human Rights Act and Title VII address the need for accommodations for religious beliefs and practices. In addition no employee can be forced to partake in a religious events or activities as a condition of employment. As long as they do not cause undue hardship on an employer, by law, an employee of any religious belief may be entitled to:
- Wear clothing required by religious beliefs
- Observe grooming practices consistent with religious beliefs
- Have access to flexible work schedules
- Perform alternative work
- Be considered for reassignment and lateral transfers
- Observe religious holidays
If an employer claims the accommodations would be an undue hardship, they have the burden to prove the validity of the claim by providing detailed data that shows adverse impact to the organization. All employees, regardless of religious affiliation must comply with basic policies regarding time off and attendance.
Protecting your Religious Beliefs in the Workplace
Attorney Ross J. Peters will exhaust every possible resource in order to help you pursue your claim. He is a seasoned negotiator and litigator. In addition, he has taken part in hundreds of mediations and arbitrations. No matter what the situation requires, Mr. Peters can step up to the plate. If you have concerns about your treatment in the workplace and think that religion may be a factor you should seek the knowledgeable counsel of Mr. Peters today. When he works with you, you will be fully educated on the legal process. He will go out of his way to make sure you are protected and respected.
Contact Attorney Ross J. Peters today to schedule an appointment concerning your religious discrimination matter. He faithfully serves clients throughout Lake County, Cook County, McHenry County, DuPage County, Will County, Boone County, and Winnebago County. Appointments can be made at a location near you. Please call 312-595-9595, 847-625-1854 or 888-531-7400 today.