Legal Help

Harmed? Seek legal counsel first.

If you have experienced harm due to an unlawful act, a wise approach is to refrain from making any statements or taking actions until you obtain legal counsel.

Legal Organizations
Alliance Defending Freedom

Alliance Defending Freedom is the world’s largest legal organization committed to protecting religious freedom, free speech, marriage and family, parental rights, and the sanctity of life. We defend your most cherished liberties in Congress, state legislatures, and courtrooms across the country—all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court if necessary.

Americans United for Life

We are Americans United for Life: a team advancing the human right to life in culture, law, and policy. We are the voice for millions, a nonpartisan force working to create lifelong connections between persons of all ages, backgrounds, and beliefs. This is how we will fulfill our mission for generations to come.
Our work is rooted in our robust law and policy expertise—and we’re resolute in the pursuit of real change and tangible impact.
We systematically advance life-affirming legislation in every state in the country. And while much of what we do occurs behind the scenes, what we’ve done and are doing affects us all.

Becket

Becket is a non-profit, public-interest legal and educational institute with a mission to protect the free expression of all faiths. Becket exists to vindicate a simple but frequently neglected principle: that because the religious impulse is natural to human beings, religious expression is natural to human culture. We advance that principle in three arenas—the courts of law, the court of public opinion, and the academy—both in the United States and abroad.

Bioethics Defense Fund

BDF is a pro-life public-interest legal and educational organization that works throughout the United States and abroad. The mission of Bioethics Defense Fund is to put law in the service of human life by strategically advocating for the restoration of the fundamental human right to life through litigation, model legislation, education and media.

Christian Legal Society

Christian Legal Society (CLS) is a fellowship of Christians dedicated to serving Jesus Christ through the practice and study of law, the defense of religious freedom and life, and the provision of legal aid to the needy. Our visions: "Seeking Justice with the Love of God."

First Liberty

First Liberty Institute is the largest legal organization in the nation dedicated exclusively to defending religious liberty for all Americans. We believe that every American of any faith—or no faith at all—has a fundamental right to follow their conscience and live according to their beliefs.

Home School Legal Defense Organization

HSLDA passionately advocates for the freedom to homeschool and offers support for every stage of your homeschool journey. We believe every child is unique. That children should learn in ways that meet their needs. And that you want the best for your child. Homeschooling gives you the freedom to personalize their education so they can realize their potential.

Life Legal Defense Foundation

The mission of Life Legal is to give innocent and helpless human beings of any age, particularly unborn children, a trained and committed defense against the threat of death, and to support their advocates in the nation’s courtrooms.

ParentalRights.org

We are working to preserve parental rights through a Parental Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, as well as through state and federal legislation that will protect children by empowering parents.

 
Discrimination against pro-life health professionals

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights:

You may file a complaint under the Federal Health Care Provider Conscience Protection Statutes if you believe you have experienced discrimination because you:

  • Objected to, participated in, or refused to participate in specific medical procedures, including abortion and sterilization, and related training and research activities

  • Were coerced into performing procedures that are against your religious or moral beliefs

  • Refused to provide health care items or services for the purpose of causing, or assisting in causing, the death of an individual, such as by assisted suicide or euthanasia

What Are the Specific Requirements of the Federal Health Care Provider Conscience Protection Laws?

Covered entities may not, if it would be contrary to the individual’s or health care entity’s religious beliefs or moral convictions:

  • require the individual to participate in sterilization or abortion;

  • require the entity to make its facilities available for sterilization or abortion;

  • require the entity to provide personnel to participate in sterilization or abortion;

  • discriminate against any physician or health care personnel in employment or staff privileges because the individual participated in or refused to participate in sterilization or abortion;

  • discriminate against any physician or health care personnel in employment or staff privileges because the individual participated in or refused to participate in any lawful health service or research activity;

  • deny admission to or otherwise discriminate against any training program applicant (including applicants for internships or residencies) because of the applicant’s reluctance or willingness to participate in sterilization or abortion; or

  • discriminate against any individual or institutional health care entity that does not train in the performance of abortions or provide, pay for, provide coverage of, or refer for abortion.

Covered entities must:

  • deem accredited any postgraduate physician training program that would be accredited, but for the reliance on an accrediting standard that (regardless of whether such standard provides exceptions or exemptions) requires an entity to perform abortions; or provide training for abortions.

Fact Sheet: Your Rights
HHS Office of Civil Rights
 
What can I do about discrimination in healthcare?
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Seek legal help

Seek initial counsel, without obligation, from a nonprofit legal organization.

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Report to HHS

Report discrimination to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Civil Rights.

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Report to EEOC

Report workplace discrimination to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

 

Report to HHS

HHS Office of Civil Rights: Here to Serve You

​"If you believe that a covered entity discriminated against you (or someone else) on the basis of conscience or religious freedom, coerced you to violate your conscience or religious beliefs, or burdened your free exercise of religion, you may file a complaint with the Office for Civil Rights (OCR).
You may file a complaint for yourself, your organization, or for someone else." 

 

-- US. Dept. HHS Conscience and Religious Freedom Division

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Nonprofit legal firms​

​The non-profit, public interest legal foundations below
typically provide counsel without cost to clients.

How to File an HHS Conscience Complaint

 

Filing a complaint is a simple, straightforward proposition: You tell your story of what happened--who, what, when, where.

Maybe as a result of conscience or relgious faith issues, you were:

  • fired;

  • pressured to participate in a conscientiously objectionable action or referral;

  • denied privileges;

  • denied admission to an educational or training program;

  • denied tenure;

  • penalized;

  • subjected to any other form of discrimination based on your conscience and religious convictions.

 

Even if your story occurred decades ago, you can still report it, since investigating conscience discrimination cases is not legally constrained by a lapse of time.

No need for legalese, no complicated forms. You can file a complaint with the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights--online or via mail, fax, or e-mail.

Learn more about how to file a complaint.

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Report to EEOC

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII) protects applicants and employees from religious discrimination in hiring, firing, promotions, training, wages, and benefits, as well as from a hostile work environment. Title VII also makes it illegal to retaliate against a person for complaining about discrimination, filing a charge of discrimination, or participating in an employment discrimination investigation or lawsuit. The law requires that employers reasonably accommodate applicants’ and employees’ sincerely-held religious observances and practices, unless doing so would impose an undue hardship on the operation of the employer’s business.

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​"The EEOC’s pursuit of its mission to protect workers against religious discrimination furthers, in a very practical and real way, this Nation’s founding commitment to religious liberty. Of course, the EEOC is not charged with upholding the constitutional right to free exercise of religion under the First Amendment, but with protecting against employment discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.  Nonetheless, given the wide impact the private sector has on citizens’ daily lives—including the fact that most employees work for private employers—I view the EEOC’s task as a critical part of ensuring that our commitment to religious liberty actually flourishes in our country. " 

 

-- Andrea R. Lucas, EEOC Commissioner 

EEOC listening session summary - references Freedom2Care surveys, discrimination experienced by health professionals

If you believe that you have been discriminated against at work because of your race, color, religion,  sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national  origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information, you can file a Charge of Discrimination. A charge of discrimination is a signed statement  asserting that an employer, union or labor organization engaged in employment  discrimination. It requests EEOC to take remedial action.

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