A Guide to Employment Discrimination: Creed
Why do you believe the discrimination happened because of your Creed?
- Do you know someone of a different creed who was treated better than you in the same situation? (For example, if you were disciplined for a certain behavior, were others of a different creed not disciplined, even though they engaged in the same behavior?)
- Were derogatory comments made about your creed when the discrimination took place?
- Has your employer treated other coworkers who hold your creed "badly," while treating those with a different creed better in comparable situations? Can you cite specific examples?
NO, none of these sounds like my situation.
YES, at least one of these fits my situation.
What is a creed? How is it different than a religion?
A creed is sometimes defined as "a system of beliefs, principles or opinions." In practice, it is used to refer to a belief system with an importance to the individual similar to religion, but one that does not necessarily involve a deity.
Why are these questions (about the reason for the discrimination) important?
The state Human Rights Act doesn't protect against unfair treatment that happened to a member of a protected class (such as a person of a certain race or sex) — unless that treatment happened because the person was a member of that protected class.
One way to help prove that the treatment happened because you are a member of a protected class is to show that other people who were of a different class (such as a different race or sex) weren't subjected to the same treatment.
But I know what happened and why... can't you take my word for it?
The Minnesota Department of Human Rights is a neutral investigative agency. It's our job to impartially investigate charges of discrimination, and determine whether there is "probable cause" to believe that the events a charging party alleges happened — and that they happened because of the charging party's protected class status.
Like any investigative agency, we look for evidence. The more specific information you can give us — including the names of witnesses — the better we can investigate your charge.