Religious harassmentReligious harassment may include jokes, comments, or slurs that are offensive to an employee’s religion. It may also include other behaviors and actions aimed at disrespecting and insulting an employee’s religion creating a hostile work environment. Employers are responsible for creating and maintaining a safe working environment for employees and for prohibiting workplace religious discrimination against any employee.
RetaliationOur clients often tell us that they fear filing a claim against their employers because they do not want to lose their jobs and they do not want to be punished by their employer for filing a religious discrimination claim. Both federal and California laws prohibit employer retaliation for filing religious discrimination claims. This means that employers are not allowed to take any actions that negatively impact an employee’s job such as firing or demoting because he or she filed a religious discrimination claim. Remedies and compensation may include the following:
- Being hired, reinstated, or promoted if the court finds that a person was hired, fired, not promoted, or demoted because of his or her religion
- Lost wages and lost future wages
- Attorney fees and other legal costs such as expert witness fees
- Emotional distress
- Punitive damages