Religion is an important aspect in most individuals’ lives and freedom of religious subscription and expression must never be infringed upon. It says so in the Constitution, it says so in many federal and state laws with respect to the ways in which employers are expected to treat their workers. Despite these freedoms we all enjoy, many California employees experience religious discrimination in a variety of ways.
You may be singled out on the basis of your chosen religion or perhaps for holding no religious beliefs at all. As a result, you may be denied certain benefits, promotions, wage increases, or even denied work assignments that your co-workers are free to enjoy. You might even be denied employment at a company for your religious beliefs or once you are hired you could be denied training, fringe benefits, or possibly find yourself dismissed from the position as a result of your religious views.
Some religions come with specific traditions and routines that must be practiced in order to maintain your beliefs in that religion. But an employer can discriminate against your views by denying you the right to practice freely in the workplace through refusing to provide suitable accommodations to maintain religious freedom. The law requires that employers permit employees with exemptions and accommodate religious practices as long as these do not present any undue hardship on the employer or the company. Such accommodations might be an exception to the company dress code, a schedule that provides breaks for the employee to pray at certain times of the day, or a reassignment of tasks or duties that do not fall in line with an employee’s religious beliefs.
Religious discrimination is prohibited under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which states that every employee must be free from discrimination in the workplace based on his or her personal religious beliefs or affiliation. Therefore, any employee who is denied a job position, presented with a sub-par compensation package with lesser wages and reduce benefits, or is forced to endure verbal harassment in the workplace due to their religious views is a victim of religious discrimination. He or she has the right to file for damages against their employer to seek out compensation and remuneration for lost wages, lost opportunities, and pain and suffering caused by unjust treatment.