News reports that two former contestants on the Amazing Race have filed
an employment discrimination lawsuit alleging that they were not hired
due to their race and religion.
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 makes it illegal to discriminate
in terms of employment of the basis of an individual’s race, color,
sex, national origin or religion. Congress has also enacted the Americans
with Disabilities Act to prohibit disability discrimination and the Age
Discrimination in Employment Act.
Illegal discriminatory actions may include a wide variety of employment
actions such firing, not promoting or not hiring someone based on one
of the one of these prohibited categories.
If you have questions about employment discrimination or believe that you
have been treated improperly at your place of work based on your race
or religion, it is important to consult with an experienced
Atlanta race discrimination lawyer right away.
In the recent employment discrimination lawsuit, the former contestants
Idries and Jamil Abdur-Rahman, who are Muslim African-Americans who practice
Islam, worked as independent contractors at the OSF Saint Elizabeth Hospital
in Illinois, while also maintaining their own private practices. The brothers
applied to become employed by the hospital, and as part of the employment
process, they were asked to sign an agreement stating that they would
adhere to the “Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health
Care Services” if they were to be hired.
At one point, the Chief Medical Officer told them that the hospital planned
to make an “impressive offer to hire them” after the brothers
assured them that they would follow the religious directives.
However, the two men were later turned down for the job and told that the
hospital had decided not to hired them – allegedly because they
felt the brothers were “unlikely to abide by” the religious
and ethical directives.
The brothers are seeking back pay, damages and other costs.
This employment lawsuit has just been filed. However the allegations –
if true – demonstrate how race and religious biases continue to
influence employment decisions. Allowing these biases to affect employment
is often illegal discrimination.
For more information, or if you believe you may improperly discriminated
against at work, please contact the dedicated
Atlanta employment discrimination lawyers at The Buckley Law Firm, LLC for an immediate consultation.