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Football coach claims discrimination based on religion

Regardless of the industry in which a person is employed, discrimination is not permitted in workplaces nationwide, including in Florida. This includes discrimination based on religion. An assistant football coach in another state has reportedly proceeded to take legal action against school officials who allegedly violated his religious beliefs.

The case reportedly arose from the assistant coach's habit of standing on the 50-yard line to offer a private prayer for the players' safety before and after every game. It apparently became a problem when school officials were made aware of the practice by another coach who was actually commending the assistant coach for his actions. In October, school officials warned the assistant coach to cease the prayers. However, after further consideration, it was decided to terminate his employment.

The school district maintains that staff members must be completely secular to avoid alienating members of sports teams. In turn, the assistant coach contends that he engaged in a private religious prayer without trying to persuade any person to join him or his religion. He claimed the ban on him expressing his religion privately is a violation of the First Amendment.

National attention was drawn to this case after the man's suspension in November when 47 U.S. Congress members supported the assistant coach. Any Florida person facing religion or any other type of discrimination need not endure the situation. Every employee has certain rights and is entitled to take legal action if those rights are violated. Standing up against an employer may seem overwhelming, but experienced employment law attorneys are there to help provide support and guidance throughout the legal proceedings that will follow.

Source:, "Fired Football Coach Sues for Religious Discrimination", Joseph Pelletier, Aug. 11, 2016

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