Many of the original settlers who came to this country did so to escape religious persecution. With that in mind, the country currently promotes religious tolerance in the workplace. While federal law prohibits employers from discrimination against employees on the basis of their religion, religious discrimination still occurs. Fortunately, employees in Florida and across the country have the option of having their grievances heard in a civil court if they feel they are a victim of such discrimination. In recent example, a former employee has settled his claims against United Parcel Service.
The man, a Jehovah 's Witness, began work as a part-time loader with UPS in April 2011. He claims that after he completed orientation, he requested a schedule change in order to attend a religious event. Not only was he denied the schedule change, he was also fired from his position. He additionally claims he was placed on a list demanding that he not be rehired, resulting in being denied future jobs.
The Equal Opportunity Commission argues that the actions of UPS constitute religious discrimination. As a result, UPS has agreed to settle the claims against them by paying damages of $70,000 to the former employee. Additionally, the company will take measures to ensure that other employees aren't similarly discriminated against in the future, including adding trainings and prominently displaying appropriate policies.
While the issues of discrimination are hopefully improving, some people unfortunately become victim to such discrimination in the workplace. Those who feel they are a victim have the option of seeking legal recourse in a Florida civil court. If they can prove their case, the court could award monetary damages as well as reinstatement to their position.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle, UPS to pay $70K to settle religious discrimination suit, Carla Caldwell, Nov. 6, 2013