Employee discrimination is a serious issue in the State of California. State and federal laws govern employers and employees. If you suffered discrimination while working or seeking work in the State of California, you have options for holding an employer accountable for their actions. You should understand important details regarding employment law in California.

The San Diego employment discrimination attorneys of Haeggquist & Eck, LLP offers legal representation for employees who suffer employment discrimination in San Diego and surrounding counties. Call our office today for a free consultation during which we can discuss the facts of your case. Retaining an attorney is an important step to take when you want to hold your employer liable for discrimination.

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Laws Against

Religious Discrimination

Employers can unlawfully discriminate based on many protected characteristics, including religion. Religious discrimination happens when an employer treats an applicant or employee unfairly due to their religious beliefs. Unfair treatment can involve adverse employment decisions, policies that impact certain employees differently, etc.

If you believe that you suffered religious discrimination at work in the San Diego area,
never hesitate to reach out to our legal team at Haeggquist & Eck, LLP. We stand up for clients who experienced unlawful treatment by employers, and we can assess your legal options. Contact us for a free case evaluation today.

Discrimination due to an employee’s religion is unlawful under federal and state laws. Title VII of
the Civil Rights Act of 1964
and California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) prohibit employers from discriminating.

Employees might bring legal claims against discriminatory employers at the federal or state level, and this is a decision you should carefully consider with help from our employment discrimination lawyers.

How Religious Discrimination

HAPPENS?

Religious discrimination can happen at any stage of employment, from applications from prospective employees to termination.

Some employment actions that might constitute discrimination due to someone’s religion include:

If an employer takes an adverse employment action against someone because of their religion, the employee may hold the company accountable for violating the law and the employee’s rights.

Religious

Harassment

One commonly overlooked type of discrimination is harassment. Most people associate employment harassment with sexual harassment, though unlawful harassment can happen based on protected factors. In recent years, harassment based on religion has increased in United States workplaces, and employees should stand up against harassment.

Religious harassment happens when conduct by others at work is offensive or pervasive enough to create a hostile work environment. Conduct might include derogatory comments, offensive jokes, threats, or even physical assault. A single incident might not rise to the level of unlawful harassment unless it is highly offensive.

If you believe you are experiencing harassing conduct, you must report the matter to your employer. Your employer must take steps to stop the harassment, and if it does not, you have the right to bring a discrimination claim due to a hostile work environment.

If you are experiencing harassment and do not feel comfortable reporting the matter to your employer, reach out to our legal team for guidance. Also, if you reported harassment and your employer failed to stop it, never wait to seek help from our religious discrimination attorneys.

Reasonable Accommodations for

Religious Beliefs

Religious beliefs can sometimes interfere with a traditional work schedule or employer policies. The law allows employees to request reasonable accommodations for sincerely held religious beliefs. Such reasonable accommodations should allow employees to perform and maintain their jobs while still honoring their religious practice.

Some reasonable accommodations might include:

Employers must provide accommodations when requested unless it will cause the company undue hardship. Further, a company cannot provide an accommodation that segregates the employee from the public or other workers. An example of unacceptable accommodation is allowing an employee to wear a hijab at work but moving them to a stock room instead of a store floor so customers cannot see their headwear.

Denying an employee a properly requested and reasonable religious accommodation without justification is a form of unlawful discrimination, and you should not have to accept this conduct from your employer.

If you have questions about your rights to religious accommodations or believe your employer violated those rights, reach out to a discrimination attorney at Haeggquist & Eck, LLP, immediately.

Unlawful

Retaliation

Too many employees never report religious discrimination because they are afraid of how their employers will react. If an employee causes “trouble” by bringing up possible discrimination or harassment, they might fear their employer firing or otherwise punishing them. However, employment laws prohibit such retaliation by employers against employees for reporting concerning conduct.

You have the right to complain of possible discrimination, and your employer cannot retaliate against you. If your employer does this, seek help from an employment lawyer immediately.

Proving a

Religious Discrimination Claim

The law is clear about an employee’s right to freedom from religious discrimination. However, employers are also adept at defending against discrimination claims. Employers want to avoid liability to a current or former employee, and they also want to maintain their reputations of being good companies to work for.

Employers will often give other reasons for adverse employment actions that distract attention from an employee’s religion. Our attorney can identify when such reasons are pretextual, and an employee must provide evidence of this pretext, plus the true reason for the employment action. This makes proving discrimination claims challenging, so you need the right legal help.

In addition, employers often claim undue hardship to avoid providing accommodations when no undue hardship exists. You want an experienced attorney who knows how to prove that you deserved the accommodations and stands up for your rights.

Discuss Your Option with a San Diego

Religious Discrimination Attorney

At Haeggquist & Eck, LLP, our employment discrimination lawyers are passionate about protecting the rights of employees in San Diego, including those who experience religious discrimination. If you want to learn about your legal options and know whether you might have a discrimination case, contact us at (619) 342-8000 for a consultation. We are ready to fight for your rights and hold employers accountable for violating the law.

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