California employers must take steps to ensure that religious discrimination does not occur in their workplaces. It is important to keep in mind that for the purposes of determining religious discrimination, religion is not limited to the major world faiths like Christianity, Judaism and Buddhism. It may also include much smaller and lesser-known religions and belief systems as well as people who are atheists.
There are several types of religious discrimination that employers must keep an eye out for. One is treating people differently, including failing to hire or promote them, because of their religion. Another is remaining silent while an employee is harassed because of his or her religion. Not acting when an employee is harassed can make it appear as though the employer condones the behavior. Employers are also not permitted to retaliate against workers who report religious discrimination. Finally, a worker cannot be discriminated against due to the religion of another person with whom he or she has a relationship. This practice is known as associational bias.