A former employee is suing an Orlando restaurant supply and equipment company, alleging religious discrimination.
The man filed a complaint Dec. 1 in Orange County Circuit Court against the company, alleging he was fired without warning.
According to the complaint, in July 2015, the man, a devout Muslim who had worked for the company since 1996, suffered economic losses after his employment was suddenly terminated. The suit says this includes loss of wages, increased pay, retirement benefits and other benefits.
The man says the company denied his request to observe the traditional Muslim religious holiday of Eid al-Fitr as a paid vacation and then terminated his employment.
The man alleges the company denied his right to observe a traditional religious holiday and terminated him as retaliation and without valid reason.
If you have been denied employment, fired, harassed or otherwise harmed in your employment because of your religion, your religious beliefs and practices, or simply because your employer failed to comply with your reasonable request for a convenient accommodation of your religious beliefs and practices, you very well could be the victim of religious discrimination. Sadly, this is a quite common occurrence throughout workplaces across the country.
The law is very clear in stating that employers cannot discriminate against employees based on their religion. This means that employers may not treat employees or job applicants differently because of their religious beliefs and practices or lack thereof. Moreover, employers must reasonably accommodate the needs of employees in the workplace to practice their faiths.
Religious discrimination is not something you should ever have to tolerate at work. If you think you have been the victim of religious discrimination in the workplace, let our Florida Discrimination Lawyers at Whittel & Melton help you understand your rights and what action you can take. For a free assessment of your claim, contact us online or call us at 866-608-5529.