If your request for religious exemption at your work has been DENIED, you will need to file a Complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Go the EEOC website at https://EEOC.gov and scroll to the bottom of the page where you will find additional links and information about submitting a complaint. The Complaint form will need to include a description of your religious accommodation request regarding your sincerely held religious beliefs to not take these COVID shots along with the employer’s response and the termination date. Please note that you generally have 180 DAYS to file a complaint against a private employer.
1 Federal Employees: Please note that Federal employees have different requirements and shorter deadlines (see https://www.eeoc.gov/federal-sector/overview-federal-sector-eeo-complaint-process (“Generally, you must contact the EEO Counselor within 45 DAYS from the day the discrimination occurred.”).
2 State and Local Agencies: States also have agencies that receive complaints, and you may be able to dual file to have both federal and state rights considered, which we strongly recommend. See, https://www.eeoc.gov/filing-charge-discrimination (scroll to heading “With a State or Local Agency).
If filing with a state or local agency, please make sure that your complaint has been dually filed with the EEOC. If it has not, you may need to file with both agencies. Please note that filing with one agency may not extend the deadline for filing with another agency.
NOTE: Filing the EEOC Complaint is required before you can file suit alleging a violation of federal law. This administrative process is the next step you should complete. The EEOC may (1) choose to attempt resolution of your Complaint with your employer, (2) file suit against your employer, or (3) issue you a “right to sue” letter that clears the way for you to file suit. If you receive a “right to sue” letter, you can contact us to review the matter or seek private counsel. Until we review the facts of each case, we are not able to determine ahead of time whether we would be able to represent you.
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