Have you experienced discrimination?
Have you experienced discrimination?
What Steps Can You Take?
Seeking Legal Counsel
If you have experienced discrimination because of your convictions, a wise approach is to refrain from making any statements or taking actions until you obtain legal counsel. However, even if you have already taken action and even if the discrimination occurred in the past, you may still be able to seek justice through the legal system. Each of the legal organizations below has worked with Freedom2Care to defend freedom of faith, conscience and speech. They can help you sort out your best course of action:
Life Legal Defense Foundation is a public interest non-profit law firm that defends the civil rights of pro-life advocates, and is committed to protecting the individual freedoms of health care professionals. LLDF recently presented a training addressing the conscience rights of medical professionals entitled Do No Harm. Information about the training is available at lldf.org.
If you are in need of legal assistance, please do not hesitate to call:
As a result of a partnership between Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA) and Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), we are now offering free legal consultations for CMDA members who may be experiencing conscience freedom issues in the workplace. Exclusively available to CMDA members, this program is designed to serve members who feel they are being discriminated against in the workplace due to their firmly held moral and religious beliefs.
Reporting to U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS)
Nonprofit Legal Firms
The non-profit, public interest legal foundations below typically provide counsel without cost to clients.
How to File an HHS Conscience Complaint
Filing a complaint is a simple, straightforward proposition: You tell your story of what happened--who, what, when, where.
Maybe as a result of conscience or relgious faith issues, you were: fired; pressured to participate in a conscientiously objectionable action or referral;
denied privileges; denied admission to an educational or training program; denied tenure; penalized; subjected to any other form of discrimination based on your conscience and religious convictions. Even if your story occurred decades ago, you can still report it, since investigating conscience discrimination cases is not legally constrained by a lapse of time.
No need for legalese, no complicated forms. You can file a complaint with the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights—online or via mail, fax, or e-mail.
- Conscience Protections
- Religious Freedom
- Filing a Complaint
- HHS Conscience and Religious Freedom Division
- Regulation for the Enforcement of Federal Health Care Professional Conscience Protection Laws
- Your Rights Under the Federal Health Care Professional Conscience Protection Laws
- Enforcement of the Federal Health Care Professional Conscience Protection Laws
Reporting to U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII) protects applicants and employees from religious discrimination in hiring, firing, promotions, training, wages, and benefits, as well as from a hostile work environment. Title VII also makes it illegal to retaliate against a person for complaining about discrimination, filing a charge of discrimination, or participating in an employment discrimination investigation or lawsuit. The law requires that employers reasonably accommodate applicants’ and employees’ sincerely-held religious observances and practices, unless doing so would impose an undue hardship on the operation of the employer’s business.
Filing A Charge of Discrimination With EEOC
If you believe that you have been discriminated against at work because of your race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information, you can file a Charge of Discrimination. A charge of discrimination is a signed statement asserting that an employer, union or labor organization engaged in employment discrimination. It requests EEOC to take remedial action.