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Understanding religious discrimination in the workplace

If you live in California and work for either a government agency or a company that employs at least 15 people, you have certain rights with regard to discrimination in the workplace. One of these rights protects your ability to work in an environment free from religious discrimination. At the Law Office of Jeffrey D. Fulton, we have a firm understanding of what constitutes religious discrimination in the workplace, and we have assisted many workers who fell victim to such treatment seek recourse.

Per the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, if you work for a government entity or an employer with 15 or more workers, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects you against religious discrimination while at work. Religious discrimination can take on a number of different forms, but you may be a victim if you faced disparate treatment relating to hiring, promotions, assignments, discipline or benefits, to name a few examples.

Your employer may, too, be guilty of religious discrimination if he or she fails to make reasonable accommodations for you that relate to your deeply held beliefs, if such accommodations would not be much of a hindrance on operations. Furthermore, if your employer fails to accommodate you and you report the lack of effort, your employer may not lawfully retaliate against you in any manner for “blowing the whistle” about his or her refusal.

If you have protection under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, your employer also may not subject you to threatening or harassing behavior related to your religious beliefs. Additionally, he or she may not discriminate or harass you because you do not share a particular religious belief, or because you associate with people who share beliefs that differ from those of your employer. More about workplace discrimination is available on our web page.


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