Religious Discrimination

OUR FOCUS: Religious Discrimination

Defending Against Religious Discrimination in the Workplace

Religious discrimination in the workplace can take many forms. If you have been denied work or a promotion, been harassed or denied an accommodation at work because of your religious beliefs or practices, or because of your lack of certain religious beliefs, you may have a claim and will need the help of a religious discrimination lawyer.

What is Religious Discrimination?

Religious Discrimination Examples

Religious discrimination in the context of employment, involves treating a person (an applicant or employee) differently because of his or her religious beliefs. It also includes treating employees differently because of their lack of religious belief or practice. The law protects not only people who belong to traditional, organized religions, such as Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism, but also others who have sincerely held religious, ethical or moral beliefs.

Religious discrimination can also involve treating someone differently because that person is married to (or associated with) an individual of a particular religion.

Legally, religious discrimination is covered by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964  as well as the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), which prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, and national origin.

What counts as religious discrimination in the workplace? 

Some workers experiencing religious discrimination in the workplace may also experience other forms of illegal discrimination, such as national origin discrimination, immigration/citizenship status discrimination, and/or race discrimination.

The most common religious discrimination examples are:

  • Harassment - Harassing individuals due to their religion can include making fun of employees or telling them they are violating the company's dress code because they wear religious clothing such as yarmulkes, turbans, or hijabs (head scarves); repeatedly mocking a person because of (or lack of) his or her strong beliefs.
  • Hiring, Firing, Promotion - This type of discrimination in the workplace includes making employment decisions based upon someone's faith, or lack thereof.
  • Failure to Accommodate - Denial of religious accommodation is the most common form of religious discrimination in the workplace. This type of discrimination can include requiring an employee to work on his Sunday Sabbath, even though other employees are willing to trade shifts with him or forcing an employee to remove her hijab (scarf) to comply with the company's dress code.
  • Imposing more or different work requirements on an employee because of that employee’s religious beliefs or practices.  

If you believe you are the victim of religious discrimination in the workplace, we can help you. Speak with a religious discrimination lawyer who specializes in getting results under California law before you file a complaint.

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Every case is different, but recent clients of Remedy Law Group have been awarded these settlements after experiencing religious discrimination in the workplace.

Employment Case Results

Disclaimer: These verdicts/settlements do not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of your case and may not represent the final disposition of the case via appeal, settlement, or by other means.

Our experienced religious discrimination lawyers have the knowledge and experience to get you results in all judicial forums because we have a full understanding of all state and federal laws that may affect your religious discrimination in the workplace claim.

We are experts when it comes to religious discrimination in the workplace. We will navigate the entire process from drafting your complaint, to filing it in the correct forum, to gathering evidence to support your religious discrimination claim, to being by your side in court or at the arbitration table.