RELIGIOUS discrimination in the workplace
Under California law, it is illegal for employers to discriminate against employees on the basis of religion. This means that employers cannot treat employees less favorably or make employment decisions based on an employee’s religion or religious beliefs.
Employers are required to make reasonable accommodations for an employee’s religious beliefs, practices, or observances, as long as the accommodation does not cause an undue hardship for the employer. Examples of reasonable accommodations may include allowing an employee to take time off for religious holidays or prayer, allowing an employee to wear religious clothing, or allowing an employee to follow a certain diet.
Employers also cannot retaliate against employees who report religious discrimination or harassment in the workplace. This means that employees who report religious discrimination or harassment are protected from adverse employment actions, such as termination, demotion, or suspension.
If you believe that you have experienced religious discrimination in the workplace, you may be able to file a complaint with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing or file a lawsuit against your employer. A qualified employment attorney can provide guidance on your legal rights and options.
It’s important to note that there are additional requirements that may apply to specific industries or types of jobs. If you have questions about religious discrimination and your rights as an employee in California, you should consult with a qualified employment attorney.