Legal Resources

Employment Law Resources
As more Pagans become public about their religious beliefs and practices, some may be concerned about how this might affect their employment.  We have put together a short list of resources in regards to employment law.

Remember that laws vary from state to state; so if you do have any legal needs, it is best to consult a local lawyer specializing in Employment Law.  For instance, most states are what HR professionals and lawyers refer to as “At-Will” states, which is an often misunderstood term.  In legal terms, At-Will is “A common-law rule that an employment contract of indefinite duration can be terminated by either the employer or the employee at any time for any reason; also known as terminable at will.” This is often confused with the phrase “Right to Work State” which actually refers to unionization.  In an At-Will state, the employee does have some responsibility as well. For instance, an employer may discover that you are visiting websites about Paganism and terminate you for a violation of their policy against personal use of the internet.  Therefore, it is to a person’s advantage to work within the guidelines of the employee handbook and avoid situations that will be legally vague.  Be a good employee, and don’t give your company any reason to fire you for a reasonable cause.

Additional resources about Employment Law and religious discrimination can be found here:

http://employeeissues.com/at_will_states.htm

http://www.hrhero.com/topics/religious_discrimination.html

http://www.eeoc.gov/facts/qanda.html

http://employment.findlaw.com/employment/employment-employee-discrimi…

http://www.adl.org/religious_freedom/resource_kit/religion_workplace.asp

If you feel you have faced discrimination in the workplace, in the courts system, or by local, state, or federal authorities, the organizations below may be able to assist you. Otherwise, you can contact a private attorney licensed to practice in the area you live.

The Lady Liberty League
Religious freedom support for Wiccans, Pagans, and other Nature religions practitioners worldwide. An international information and networking organization sponsored by Circle Sanctuary.

Founded in 1985 by Selena Fox and others, Lady Liberty League (LLL) is the religious freedom and civil rights support organization sponsored by Circle Sanctuary, an international Wiccan church and Pagan resource center headquartered in Wisconsin. LLL provides information and networking assistance to individuals and organizations concerned with religious freedom issues pertaining to Wiccan ways, Paganism, and other forms of Nature religions.

LLL members include specialists in a variety of focus areas, including public relations, countering harassment, employment issues, child custody issues, military affairs, law enforcement relations, legal affairs, interfaith relations, scholars support, and others.

The Lady Liberty League does referrals as well as education, networking, counseling, and publishing as part of its work.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
The ACLU is our nation’s guardian of liberty, working daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country.

These rights include:

  • Your First Amendment rights – freedom of speech, association and assembly; freedom of the press, and freedom of religion.
  • Your right to equal protection under the law – protection against unlawful discrimination.
  • Your right to due process – fair treatment by the government whenever the loss of your liberty or property is at stake.
  • Your right to privacy – freedom from unwarranted government intrusion into your personal and private affairs.

The ACLU also works to extend rights to segments of our population that have traditionally been denied their rights, including people of color; women; lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender people; prisoners; and people with disabilities.

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