The First Amendment in the Bill of Rights declares that a government can neither restrict a resident’s right to practice their religion nor force a resident to practice a religion.
That religious protection, along with various civil rights laws that have been enacted over the years, prevent the government and employers from imposing religion on an individual or discriminating against people on the basis of religion.
All Americans are protected from religious discrimination in education, employment, housing, and more. For example, the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) protects individuals and religious institutions from discrimination in zoning.
If you believe your right to practice your religion freely and without fear of discrimination has been violated, it’s important you get in touch with a lawyer who has experience defending civil rights and First Amendment rights. Additionally, if someone has illegally imposed their religion upon you, you may have a civil rights case on your hands. It’s illegal for a public school to force you to pray or participate in a religious activity. In fact, there are only certain types of religious activities that are allowed in schools and universities, and all public schools are supposed to abide by the freedom of religion.
If someone has violated one of the foundations of American democracy by violating your right to practice (or not practice) religion, or if you’ve been a victim of religious discrimination, our civil rights lawyers are here to be your voice and your advocates.