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California and federal laws prohibit employers from discriminating against employees. One major discriminatory practice is when employers violate an employee’s religious beliefs or practices. This creates a hostile work environment.
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Religious belief is not limited to one religion. And what a slippery slope it is for an employer to know what is and what is not a “sincerely held” spiritual mindset.
After all, it covers all faiths whether:
The law protects employees of all recognized faiths. Faith includes belief and practices associated with religion.
Laws also afford protection against discriminatory treatment based on no beliefs.
And these are people who do not have religious beliefs or practices at all. To the contrary, they have faith that there is no God at all. Some say these people are also part a faith based religion.
California law details religious protections as any traditionally recognized religion. It encompasses sincere beliefs, practices or observations.
So things like violating an employee’s religious practices or dress code can be violative of its provisions.
But it runs both ways.
He may not threaten her with a beheading or honor killing either.
Discrimination happens when an employer fails to protect employee religious rights. So this is a form of individual harassment in the workplace.
And as can be seen, it can cut both ways. Balance must be maintained between what is reasonable for everyone.
Employers have a duty to accommodate an employee’s religion. Obvious cases are when an employee gets terminated based on religious beliefs. American employees cannot get forced to participate or get excluded from religious activity.
If it is within the workplace, employers must respect religious choice. Other examples include exclusion from or getting forced to attend a Christmas party.
Faith in a religion cannot be a condition of their employment or performance reviews. The employer has a duty to accommodate the employee’s reasonable beliefs.
Accommodations in the workplace must allow the employee to practice his or her religion.
The employer’s prohibition is from treating an employee or applicant such as you, better or worse than another. They also cannot impose different or more work requirements. Hence, they must judge a person solely on performance.
As discussed above, discrimination by employers due to religious beliefs is illegal. It is illegal under both federal and state law in California. (See eg., Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.) Provisions are there to protect the employee. It charges a duty to the employer to provide reasonable accommodations.
There is a stipulation. This accommodation must not cause the employer an undue hardship. It is unlawful for employers to discriminate in the “terms or conditions of employment.” Under California law this is anything related to the employee’s job.
So now we look at lowlife employers doing things pre-textually in order to constructively terminate you. This can include shenanigans like pay reductions and other issues related to their job. Religious discrimination may only be a part of the problem. It can include other types of discrimination. It can encompass racial and ethnicity discrimination.
These practices may not be similar to the mainstream American culture.
For example, it is not discrimination when the company holds religious celebrations.
The general rules is that a religious holiday type party does not go against an atheists non-religious beliefs. It is a celebration for all employees. In fact, it is legal for the business to have symbols related to the Christian religion during the celebration. Hence, it could be a specific religious holiday. But then again, employers need to be reasonable.
Naturally, people like you fear losing their jobs. Fear of speaking out is common when workplace discrimination occurs. Harassment may also be a part of the discrimination.
It may not be easy to identify any one incident. Consulting a reputable and seasoned religious discrimination lawyer is advisable. This helps victims learn about their legal rights. An evaluation of the potential case is very important.
The employer must make every attempt to make reasonable accommodations. Because of making the changes, the employer can be liable. The accommodations must not cause an undue hardship on the employer.
So the defendant will argue they complied. The plaintiff employee will argue it was not reasonable and only gave lip service. Then both sides will seek to tell their side of the story to a mediator or a judge. Evidence of reasonable accommodations includes scheduling the employee to have his or her Sabbath day off.
But it could include allowing break time for daily prayer. And it may mean excusing job duties that would conflict with religious beliefs.
So there you go. There is a lot to chew on and a lot to know. Only a bona fide personal injury lawyer is going to know how to put all this together.
“Undue” hardship for the employer’s business is part of the test.
The employee expecting reasonable accommodation must:
Employers are not always required by state or federal law to accommodate the employee. Not if the hardship is unjust.
If an employee has suffered religious discrimination they must follow certain guidelines. Also, it is important to discuss the claim confidentially. Speaking with a religious discrimination attorney at Ehline Law Firm is also private and protected.
We act to aggressively protect the rights of employees. And having a qualified religious discrimination lawyer on your side helps you recover money damages. Furthermore, victims can get money from a supervisor and anyone else liable.
You may even be able to sue the manager or others involved. But compensation is the only remedy when your rights get violated.
Discrimination and harassment has a severely negative emotional impact. The life of the person enduring the unfair treatment gets damaged. It can also have an adverse impact on coworkers. Anyone witnessing the religious discrimination or assault may be a victim.
The bottom line is that employers may not treat applicants and employees with derision. And all of this is because of their religious beliefs.
So to recap, employers must reasonably accommodate employees under certain conditions.
Furthermore, it must not affect the work schedules of fellow employees. Also, it may not hurt their benefits or advancement. And it can never create a potential unsafe workplace. So you can see there are a lot of what ifs to ponder.
Victims should consult our religious discrimination attorneys. Above all, Ehline Law Firm is highly respected in the legal community. And it is well known that our seasoned attorneys have strong commitment to protecting your legal rights.
Also, we can assist you in evaluating a claim from the start. And we can help determine your best course of legal action. Our forte is guiding victims through the complicated legal process. But the ultimate goal is to recover monetary compensation.
Do do that successfully, you can hire Ehline Law. So did you suffer religious discrimination in the workplace? Tell us about your problem. We offer a hassle free and no cost phone consultation. So call us now toll-free at (213) 596-9642.
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