Religious discriminationReligious discrimination occurs when an employer discriminates in the terms or conditions of someone’s employment based on that person’s religion or religious practices. Religious discrimination laws protect both employees and potential employees. Our Glendale religious discrimination attorneys at Rager & Yoon – Employment Lawyers are passionate about discrimination rights and we want to see that victims of religious discrimination receive the recovery to which they are entitled.
Examples of religious discriminationSee below for examples of some religious discrimination scenarios we frequently see in our offices.
- Making people with religious clothing work in a separate area, out of the site of customers because the employer fears customers might be offended or uncomfortable.
- Disallowing religious attire such as a hijab or yarmulke because it makes coworkers uncomfortable.
- Refusing to allow reasonable accommodation for religious practices such as time and a quiet place for prayer during the workday.
- An employer permitting, turning a blind eye, or ignoring reports of religious harassment in the workplace.
- Refusing to hire or promote someone because of his or her religion.
- Opting to promote or hire a particular person over others because the employer favors that person’s religion.
Reasonable accommodationReasonable accommodations must be made for employees’ religious practices unless it would place an undue hardship on the employer. In looking at undue hardship in California, courts will look to how much of a financial impact making an accommodation will actually have on a company to determine whether or not it is reasonable.
DefensesAn employer’s religious discrimination defenses may include:
- Refusing to give an employee a regular day off of work for worship because it would pass over another employee’s seniority who has already requested that day off of work.
- The defendant is a religious corporation that fired someone because his or her conduct is inconsistent with the employer’s religious precept.
- Wearing religious garb that presents a health and safety danger such as loose skirts or headwear that has the potential to get caught in a factory line machine.