It is illegal to harass a person because of his or her religion. The First Amendment protects against religious discrimination. You have the right to practice- or refrain from practicing- any religion. Both state and federal laws make employment discrimination because of someone’s faith illegal, and protect workers who choose to openly practice the religion of their choice.
Sadly, others in the workplace do not always follow these laws. Supervisors may fail to promote an employee because of their religious faith, and co-workers may mock and harass employees who hold different beliefs. Often, employers turn a blind eye to this illegal harassment, thinking that civil rights laws do not apply to them.
Title VII of The Civil Rights Act
In 1964, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act was passed prohibiting companies and employers from discriminating against the religious beliefs or lack of religious belief when hiring or firing. Title VII also prevents creating any terms and conditions of employment based on religious belief. This section of law also prohibits segregation of tasks or positions based on religion, such as assigning an employee to a non-customer contact position because of actual or feared customer preference.
Religious discrimination includes forcing an employee to participate (or not participate) in a religious activity, and or making it a condition of employment.
Treating someone differently because that person is associated with or married to an someone of a particular religion can also be religious discrimination.
Religious Discrimination Attorneys working in San Francisco, Oakland and the Greater Bay Area
If you have faced discrimination on the job because of your religion, gender, race, or sexual harassment, our discrimination attorneys can evaluate the facts of your potential case vis-a-vis the law. Your best step is to reach out for a religious discrimination lawyer here in the Bay Area for a free consultation.