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Every person has the right to freedom of thought, conscience, and religion. You have a right to have your own beliefs, and this right is protected by our Constitution. But since there are many organized religions all over the world, some people tend to have a prejudice against those who practice a different religion than they do. These differences in beliefs can lead to discrimination.
Religious discrimination is when you are treated differently or poorly because of your religious affiliation, beliefs, or association with an individual of a particular religion. Employment laws forbid discrimination based on religion, which means that if you are discriminated against at work on account of your religious beliefs, practices, or affiliations, then you have a right to seek damages for pain and suffering and other losses against your employer.
There are different ways by which you can be discriminated against on account of your religion (or lack thereof). You are being discriminated against if you are singled out or ridiculed for no other reason than the fact that you are part of a different sect or denomination, or if you hold a different belief system. This includes any unequal treatment you may have experienced in terms of task assignment, hiring, firing, promotions, training, fringe benefits, and the like.
You may also be discriminated against if you are prevented from practicing religious traditions or practices. The law requires employers to provide religious accommodations for employees as long as it does not create an undue hardship on the employer or the business. Some accommodations include dress code exceptions, special break schedules, or task reassignment in the event that the task is against the employee’s religious beliefs.
Even if you are of the same religious belief as your employer, but you mingle with individuals of other marginalized denominations in your place of work and your employer also treats you differently on account of your affiliation or tolerance with them, then you are also discriminated against.
According to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, every employee and those who are applying for employment should not be subjected to discrimination based on their religious affiliation or affairs. Hence, if you are not given the same chance to apply for a job position, are given lesser benefits, or have been treated poorly at work on account of your religion or beliefs, then you need to protect yourself against religious harassment and ill-treatment by your employer. Seek help from Mesriani Law Group’s religious, age, marital status, pregnancy, race, and gender discrimination attorneys. Our team has obtained hundreds of millions in awards for damages for our clients, and we are prepared to do everything in our power to do the same for you.
What to Do in Case of Religious Harassment Claims?
Due to the different ethnicities and nationalities working in the U.S., ideals and races can sometimes clash. However, these differences should not result in the harassment or poor treatment of marginalized employees. One of the ways you can protect yourself from this is to know and understand your religious rights at work.
In California, as in any state in the U.S., any form of discrimination is prohibited, including discrimination based on religion. Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, or any person from any belief system should never experience religious discrimination in the workplace. If you are not being given fair treatment or the benefits you deserve, then you are being discriminated against by your employer.
Types of Religious Discrimination in the Workplace
Religious harassment in the workplace can either be direct or indirect. Direct discrimination happens when you are being singled out, ridiculed, or even harassed at work because of your religious beliefs, like when you are made fun of or bullied in plain view of your co-workers. While discrimination laws do not prohibit teasing, bad jokes, or offhand comments, it can be considered as harassment (which is illegal if based on a characteristic such as gender, race, or religion) once it begins to create a hostile work environment for the receiver.
On the other hand, there are also covert acts of religious discrimination that are perpetrated by your employer. If your employer is civil towards you at work, but you know that you are not being given the same labor law benefits and you are being bypassed for promotion in contrast to other employees with the same religious beliefs as your employer, then you are covertly or discreetly being discriminated against due to your religious beliefs.
If your employer prevents you from practicing religious observances without due cause, this can also be considered discrimination.
Laws Protecting Your Rights Against Religious Discrimination
Religious harassment laws are enforced by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). According to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, employers are not allowed to treat applicants or employees differently because of their religious beliefs or practices. Hence, the law applies even if you are just in the process of seeking employment. If you are applying for a job and you are not considered for work due to your religious affiliation or beliefs, then that is discrimination by your prospective employer.
Seek Help from a Religious Discrimination Attorney in Los Angeles
Many victims do not want to file cases or claims against their employers due to their fear of paying high legal fees. They are also afraid that they will be retaliated against by the employer. But religious discrimination should never be allowed in the workplace, and if you are being treated unfairly by your employer, then you have a right to get the justice you deserve. Nobody should have to experience workplace harassment or general discrimination based on religion as it can create a lot of emotional distress and can result in reduced income or missed job opportunities.
Many top law firms take on employment cases on a contingency basis. Seek legal help from Los Angeles employment discrimination lawyers who have decades of experience in making sure that you get the best compensation that you deserve at the swiftest possible time.