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Religious Discrimination Attorney in California

Religious Discrimination in California

Religious freedom is a founding principle of America. It is protected in the Constitution in Article I of the Bill of Rights. Simultaneously, federal, state, and local laws prohibit discrimination against employees based on their religious beliefs or practices.

If you or a loved one is facing discrimination based on religious beliefs, contact Soho Law for a case review and our team will provide a custom strategy for your case. Contact our discrimination law legal team at Soho Law now! Call us now at 310-803-9560 for a FREE CONSULTATION

What is Religious Discrimination?

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) defines religious discrimination as harmful action “against individuals because of their religion in hiring, firing, and other…conditions of employment.” Like other forms of employment discrimination, religious discrimination is both harmful and unlawful.

What are Some Examples of Religious Discrimination?

  • Creating a hostile work environment by using anti-Semitic slurs in the workplace
  • Discriminating against an employee for wearing a hijab, yarmulke, or turban
  • Refusing a schedule change to accommodate an employee’s Sabbath observance
  • Terminating an employee because she will not participate in prayer with the employer

Are My Religious Beliefs Protected by Law?

Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, it is unlawful to discriminate against employees and job applicants because they belong to organized religions such as Christianity, Islam, Judaism, and Hinduism, or because they possess sincerely held religious, moral, or ethical beliefs, even if those beliefs are new, uncommon, or non-theistic.

Title VII also protects employees who experience discrimination because they do not subscribe to any religious practices or beliefs. In addition, Title VII’s protections against religious discrimination apply to employees who suffer discrimination because they are married to or otherwise associated with a person of a particular religion.

This also means that any form of discrimination against employees who do not share their employer’s religion is strictly forbidden, including any form of harassment or adverse employment actions.

Furthermore, employment discrimination laws also protect belief systems like atheism, pacifism, agnosticism and polytheism. All employees are protected from discrimination by supervisors, management, other employees, and contractors. Additionally, a company cannot practice religious discrimination in hiring against an applicant or interviewee because of his/her religious identity.

Contact a Discrimination Attorney in California Now!

At Soho Law, our team has a deep understanding of Title VII and other anti-discrimination laws. We have helped numerous clients resolve issues related to discrimination in the workplace. Whether you are an employee who has suffered discrimination or an employer seeking to ensure your policies are appropriate, we have the knowledge and skills to assist you.

We care for your rights as an employee and hold employers accountable for any form of discrimination. With offices in California and New York, we work tirelessly and fight for your rights as an employee. Call us now at 310-803-9560 or click here to fill our contact form for a FREE CONSULTATION.