Have you or someone close to you been the victim of religious discrimination in a California workplace? This can take many forms, but there are steps you can take to address and prevent these actions.
What are common examples of religious discrimination?
There are many different kinds of workplace discrimination to be on the lookout for. For example, you may put in a request to attend religious services on a certain day and then find your request refused.
You may be disciplined, shunned, fined or fired because of wearing certain types of religious clothes or headgear. You may also be singled out for punishments, denied promotion or refused a pay raise due to your beliefs.
An employer will generally be expected to make accommodations for their employees in these matters. The only limits are if they are judged to be too costly, dangerous or impractical. If you can show that this was not the case, you have the makings of a discrimination claim.
How can you deal with religious discrimination?
You should be aware that all forms of religious discrimination are covered under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This legislation was set up to deal with all forms of employment discrimination, including due to race, color, religion, sex and nationality.
If you believe that you have been discriminated against, bring your concerns to Human Resources or a supervisor. If they don’t respond satisfactorily, you can file a claim against your employer. The business you work for will likely have insurance policies in place to handle these types of claims. It will be up to you to prove that your claim is legit and deserving of compensation.