Religious freedom is one of the principles on which America was founded, and one of the basic rights we value most.
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employment discrimination based on religion by a private employer, state or local government or educational institution with 15 or more employees for 20 or more weeks a year.
If you think you have been discriminated against because of your religion, you can file a complaint on a form with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, a federal agency that works to protect you from discrimination based on age, sex, race, color, national origin, religion or disability. You can file a charge by calling 800-669-4000 for more information (800-669-6820 for the hearing impaired). All charges must include:
- Your name, address and telephone number.
- Your job title.
- A brief description of the problem.
- When the incident(s) occurred.
- The type of discrimination you encountered.
In addition to your denomination’s website, the following sites also can provide information about discrimination:
For more information, visit the EEOC question-and-answer page about discrimination.
Prepared by the AFL-CIO, www.aflcio.org