It’s crucial that you schedule a consult with an experienced employment lawyer right away. Based on the information that you provide to the attorney such as whether this is the first time you’ve ever made a request to attend a religious function, whether other employees of other faiths are able to attend religious functions without incident, the borough you worked in, and the number of employees the company has, the attorney will advise you what laws apply to your particular situation, and whether it makes sense to file a lawsuit ASAP, or file a charge with an administrative agency.
The time to get legal advice is BEFORE the unemployment hearing. If you don’t, then your interests at the unemployment hearing may be compromised and negatively affect your potential discrimination claims.
-Denise K. Bonnaig
Speak with an employment lawyer in your area to see if you have any legal recourse.
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Not sure where you are located, but, you should file a charge with the EEOC, as well as any State or Local entities with jurisdiction. Make sure you hire an attorney with experience in discrimination claims. Best of luck.
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As for unemployment, they will assume that a worker will not leave a job for no reason. As for discrimination, you can contact the NYS Division of Human Rights. It may be helpful if you have a consultation with an employment lawyer first. The lawyer can explain your rights to you.