Religious Discrimination in the California Workplace
Religious discrimination occurs when an employer uses one’s religious beliefs as a basis for treating employees or potential employees differently from others, or for denying them employment. It can occur at any stage of employment, from the hiring process to termination, as well as during the course of employment.
Title Vll of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects employees from religious discrimination in the workplace. However, religious discrimination still occurs and can take place in several ways.
Religious discrimination can be direct or indirect and may include harassment, victimization, and in severe cases, even hate crimes. It is important to identify signs of religious discrimination in the workplace to protect your interests as an employee.
Examples of Discrimination Based on Religious Beliefs
- Hiring or firing based on religion
- Withholding a promotion because of an employee’s religion
- Compensating employees unfairly based on religion
- Failing to accommodate employees’ religious holidays
- Making derogatory comments about a person’s religious beliefs or practices
The law not only protects employees from being victims of general religious discrimination, but it also provides that employers must accommodate their employee’s beliefs and holidays. For example, if an employer denies vacation time for a religious holiday because it is different from their own, or for any reason, they may be charged with religious discrimination. An example of religious harassment would be demanding that a Muslim woman remove her head scarf to avoid termination.
Religious Discrimination and Harassment Are on the Rise
In recent years, religious discrimination has increased dramatically. According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, incidents of religious discrimination have almost doubled in the past decade. It is essential not to overlook or tolerate any type of religious discrimination and to protect your rights as an employee. Victims are frequently able to recover for lost earnings and benefits, harm to the future potential or ability to advance in their chosen profession, mental and emotional suffering or distress, punitive damages, and legal fees.
Religious Discrimination Lawyers in San Diego Pursue Justice for Groups and Individuals
If you feel you have been discriminated in your workplace because of your religion, the San Diego employment attorneys at Zeldes Haeggquist & Eck, LLP will review the facts of your case and discuss your options with you. The Zeldes Haeggquist & Eck, LLP law firm is committed to a just workplace where the rights of the individual are respected at all times and in every way. We handle cases of religious discrimination with professionalism and sensitivity and have a proven track record of success in all kinds of employment discrimination and harassment cases.
Call today to request a free consultation and take the first step to protect your legal right to practice your religious beliefs without restraint or harm to your career.