The United States of America was founded on the belief that individual citizens should have the right to a number of liberties, including religious freedom. While the country as a whole allows people to worship whatever god they please, there is no shortage of individuals and employers who discriminate on the basis of religion. According to federal law (Title VII of the Civil Rights Act) and California state law (The Fair Employment and Housing Act), this is an illegal and unlawful practice. Do you feel you’ve been discriminated against in the workplace because of your religious beliefs and practices?
WHAT IS RELIGIOUS DISCRIMINATION?
To accurately understand the definition of religious discrimination, it is important to first understand what religion is. According to its definition, a belief is considered religious if it holds the place of religion in an individual’s personal belief system. This means it must be meaningful, concern ideas like life, death, and purpose, and hold the place of a traditional “God.” Ultimately, whether or not a belief is considered religious depends on the personal motivation of the person who holds it.
TYPES OF RELIGIOUS DISCRIMINATION
Religious discrimination in the workplace can take many different forms. All of the following are considered religious discrimination:
- An employer deals with an employee differently because of his or her religious affiliation..
- An employer makes job decisions (hiring, firing, transferring, demoting, etc.) based on religious affiliation..
- An employer refuses to hire people who do not hold the same religious beliefs as the founder..
- An employer knowingly allows harassment that creates an offensive, hostile, or intimidating working environment for people of a particular religion..
- An employer fails to reasonably accommodate an employee’s religious beliefs or practices.
LEGAL ACTION FOR RELIGIOUS DISCRIMINATION
If you believe you have been discriminated against for your religious affiliations or beliefs, you have the right to pursue legal action against your employer. You are also protected from retaliation and intimidation regarding the investigation or filing of a lawsuit. If successful, you could receive damages for hardships related to the discrimination. When seeking legal action, it is important to use the services of an experienced lawyer familiar with employment litigation, as state and federal laws are constantly changing.
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