The legal concept of harassment in our culture today is often associated with inappropriate sexual or racial remarks, especially in the workplace. However, in reality, harassment can take many forms in all sorts of social settings.
One of the least publicized of these forms concerns a person’s religious identity. Harassment of this nature can range from habitual, excessive teasing to outright psychological and even physical abuse. While the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects freedom of speech and expression, it also covers your right to believe whatever you wish without fear of personal harm.
Generally lacking the same stigma as sexual and racial discrimination, harassment based upon someone’s religion can be difficult to identify. For instance, many people erroneously assume that persistently confronting an atheist coworker about his or her faith cannot qualify as harassment, even if the other person has made it explicitly clear that these inquiries are unwanted.
Under a long-standing Supreme Court ruling, employers are generally not required to provide a reason for firing or not hiring someone. This is called “Employment at Will,” and it places the burden of proving religious discrimination on the individual. However, the 1964 Civil Rights Act also goes a long way in defining how employers can treat you based on personal convictions.
Freedom from persecution, harassment, and discrimination based on religion are some of the fundamental reasons why our country was established. If you feel you have been treated unfairly along these lines, do not hesitate to contact a legal representative as soon as possible. Contact the Green Bay harassment lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, today at 800-242-2874 to schedule a free initial consultation.