Inclusive Orange County Attorneys Fighting Religious Discrimination in the Workplace
People in all states are protected from religious discrimination in the workplace under federal law and fortunately, California state laws go much further in those employee protections. In fact, our state has one of the strongest statutes in the nation requiring employers to accommodate their employees’ religious affiliations. That being said, it is not at all uncommon for people to face unfair treatment in the workplace due to their religion, especially in cases where you do not identify as Christian or Catholic.
Know Your Rights
Federal law requires employers to provide “reasonable accommodations” for employee religious practices, as long as is those accommodations do not pose an “undue burden” on the employer. By contrast, California’s Workplace Religious Freedom Act of 2012 (WRFA) laws requires the employer to “Explore any available reasonable alternative means of accommodating the religious belief or observance, including the possibilities of excusing the person from those duties that conflict with his or her religious belief or observance or permitting those duties to be performed at another time or by another person” unless these accommodations amount to a significant difficulty or expense.
When Your Rights are Violated
Due to the high burden of proof on employers to show that accommodating your religion caused a severely negative impact on their business, it is easier to defend a complaint of religious discrimination in court than it would be in other states. We can help you file a formal complaint with the right agency and take it all the way to court if necessary.
Typically, our clients have one or more goals in reporting discrimination. Oftentimes, getting the offensive behavior to stop and have the offenders removed from their daily interactions is enough for someone to stay in their job.
Other times, such as in the case of a wrongful termination due to discrimination, we seek to have an employer reprimanded so this practice doesn’t occur to anyone else in the future as well as seek monetary compensation to correct the lost wages and trauma experienced by the employee. We can help you get the resolution you need and deserve so you can move on with your life.