Compliance: Religious discrimination — It’s on the EEOC’s radar

A look at some of the biggest religious discrimination cases making headlines

Religious discrimination lawsuits are on the rise. According to the EEOC’s press releases, in its 2013 fiscal year, the Commission filed 12 religious discrimination lawsuits. That is three more religious discrimination lawsuits than filed in fiscal year 2012. The sheer number of religious discrimination charges initiated by the EEOC also should grab employers’ attention. These statistics send the message that religious discrimination is on the EEOC’s radar, and therefore, it should be on the corporate compliance radar screen too.

Religion – It’s a protected class

FY 2013 religious discrimination charges

Taking a look at the specific types of cases initiated by the EEOC provides valuable lessons to employers. The cases below highlight five of the EEOC’s FY 2013 religious discrimination lawsuits.

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Gerald L. Maatman, Jr.

Gerald L. Maatman, Jr. is a partner in the Chicago and New York offices of Seyfarth Shaw LLP and is the co-chair of the Firm’s...

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Lily M. Strumwasser

Lily M. Strumwasser is an attorney in the Chicago office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP and practices in the area of labor and employment law. Prior to joining...

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