Religious Discrimination

State and Federal laws protect you from religious discrimination in employment. However, many American citizens and permanent residents find their religious freedoms under assault in the workplace. They face discrimination in hiring and advancement and a hostile work environment. They are also denied basic accommodations for their required practices and observances.

Religious discrimination in the workplace can take place in a number of ways, such as:

  • Derogatory comments or depictions regarding members of your religion that lead to the existence of a hostile work environment
  • Scheduling important tests or selection exercises for times that conflict with an employee’s religious practice, such as on a Sabbath day
  • Preventing you from having contact with clients because of religious wear such as a turban, head covering, or yarmulke
  • Forbidding certain hairstyles or clothing related to your religion, such as Rastafarian dreadlocks, Sikh long hair and beard, or a Mennonite head covering
  • Terminating an employee for taking time off work in observance of a religious holiday when that employee followed the proper protocol for requesting leave
  • Mandatory employee programs that involve “new age” concepts such as meditation, yoga, and other practices that are in conflict with your religious beliefs
  • Refusal to accommodate certain religious practices, such as daily prayer or Sabbath observance, when doing so would not present an “unreasonable burden” to the employer
  • Denying employment, promotion, pay raises, or other benefits to employees based on their religious beliefs and practice

If you’d like to learn more about your rights, contact Jeannette for a free consultation at (415) 444-5800 or by filling out a confidential consultation form here.