Miami Religious Belief Accommodations Attorneys

Religious Accommodations Lawyers in Miami, FL

A form of religious discrimination is when an employee requests an accommodation based on his or her sincerely held religious belief, for instance, to not work on Saturdays if it is the employee’s Sabbath, and the employer fails to offer a reasonable accommodation. A “reasonable accommodation” is defined as a change in a workplace rule or policy that eliminates the conflict between the employee’s religious practice and the employer’s work rules. Employers must offer a reasonable accommodation unless doing so would cause an undue hardship. An “undue hardship” generally means that it would be too expensive or difficult for the employer to provide an accommodation.

The employee is required to work with the employer to find a reasonable accommodation. In other words, an employee who observes the Sabbath on Saturdays cannot simply refuse to work other shifts the employer offers the employee in order to provide Saturdays off. If the employer cannot provide a reasonable accommodation, it must show that it cannot do so as it would result in an undue hardship.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) has defined an undue hardship as something that costs more than normal to administer, impacts efficiency or safety, infringes on another employees’ rights, or puts an extra burden on other employees who would suffer from increased workloads.

There are federal, state, and local laws that require employers to provide a reasonable accommodation unless doing so would cause an undue hardship. For example, under federal law, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”), and under state law, the Florida Civil Rights Act (“FCRA”), which apply to employers with 15 or more employees.

Lawyers from BT Law Group have extensive experience advising clients about, and litigating, claims of failure to accommodate a request based on a religious belief. If you requested an accommodation and did not receive it, please contact the attorneys at BT Law Group for a consultation.

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Our Process
1.
Investigate

As a first step, your assigned legal team will gather and review records related to your claim, including any employment contract or offer letter, time sheets, any relevant communications, and any disciplinary actions, including performance improvement plans or termination paperwork.

These documents will help your attorneys evaluate your claims and develop a strategy to obtain the best results for your situation.

2.
Formulate

Once your legal team completes the initial investigation, they will work with you to determine the best legal strategy for your situation. Your legal team will make recommendations and will work with you to formulate the most effective approach to obtain your desired outcome.

3.
Advocate

After you and your legal team formulate the strategy, your legal team will advocate on your behalf to obtain your desired outcome. This could include negotiating a separation package, engaging in pre-suit negotiations, sending a demand letter, and/or filing a charge of discrimination or lawsuit on your behalf.

The attorneys at BT Law are experienced trial lawyers and will advocate for your rights in the courtroom as necessary.

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Jason D. Berkowitz is a Founding Partner of BT Law Group, PLLC. Prior to starting BT Law, Mr. Berkowitz was a Partner in the Miami office of a national labor and employment law firm where he represented management exclusively.
Anisley Tarragona is a founding partner of BT Law Group, PLLC. Prior to starting BT Law, Ms. Tarragona worked in the Miami office of a national labor and employment law firm where she represented management exclusively. Ms. Tarragona, who was born and raised in Cuba, is fluent in Spanish.