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The passage of California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act and the Federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 made it illegal for employers to discriminate on the basis of certain protected characteristics, including religion, race, and sex. But nearly 60 years later, discrimination is still a problem in the workplace. If you have faced religious discrimination in the workplace, a Los Angeles Religious Discrimination Lawyer can help.

WHAT COUNTS AS RELIGIOUS DISCRIMINATION?

All employees deserve to be evaluated solely on their job performance, not their religion or faith. Religious discrimination occurs when an employer makes an adverse decision based on an employee’s religious beliefs or lack of religious beliefs.

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WHAT IF I DIDN'T REPORT THE RELIGIOUS DISCRIMINATION I FACED?

Unfortunately, some religious groups are so marginalized, they’ve come to expect discrimination, even though it’s against the law. And some types of discrimination are so subtle you may have even second-guessed what was really happening.

If you’re now ready to report religious discrimination or take some action to oppose it, gather any relevant evidence you can, such as emails and copies of old work schedules. While it is difficult to remain in an uncomfortable work environment, you may have a better chance of winning a lawsuit if you don’t voluntarily leave your job. And there is a time limit on how long you have to take legal action, so you shouldn’t wait to speak with a lawyer.

EXAMPLES OF RELIGIOUS DISCRIMINATION IN THE WORKPLACE

Workplace discrimination can take many forms for both job applicants and employees, including:

  • An employer doesn’t follow up with a qualified applicant because she wore a hijab to the interview
  • The interview process includes questions about religious beliefs
  • A Roman Catholic employee’s request to have Good Friday off is denied, even though the request was made well in advance and does not pose an undue burden to their employer
  • A supervisor shows preferential treatment to an employee who shares their religious beliefs
  • A manager does not take action when an employee makes a religiously insensitive joke in front of other coworkers
  • A shift manager refuses to make reasonable accommodations for a Muslim employee to  take prayer breaks
  • An atheist employee is not permitted to excuse themselves from a before-meal prayer
  • An employee faces retaliation—such as a demotion or pay cut—after reporting religious discrimination

Many companies have formal procedures in place to report religious discrimination. In most cases, this is the best place to start, especially for reasonable accommodation and day-off requests. If you are unsuccessful with that approach, feel unsafe reporting the discrimination, or have an ongoing issue, you may want to speak with an attorney.

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HOW CAN A LOS ANGELES RELIGIOUS DISCRIMINATION LAWYER HELP?

Some employers do not take religious discrimination seriously. And the sad fact is, if they’ve discriminated against you, they will continue to do it to other employees, too. A Religious Discrimination Attorney will help you understand how the laws pertain to your situation and what rights you have going forward.

In California, there are several remedies for religious discrimination in the workplace. Your employer may be required to attend training or make policy changes. You may have your position reinstated, be able to make reasonable accommodations, and receive back pay.

Every religious discrimination case is unique. Most firms offer a free consultation where you can have your questions answered and learn more.

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After experiencing any type of harassment or discrimination in the workplace, it’s difficult to know where to turn, to know who you can trust. At the Malk Law Firm, we have successfully represented employees against large and small companies (all over California and Washington) in various labor and employment-related lawsuits.

Trust our team to fight for your rights in the workplace. Our employee rights lawyer is available for a consultation to discuss your options. Please reach out today to tell us about your case.

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