A California worker has the right to a workplace that is free from harassment, discrimination and any type of mistreatment related to his or her religion. Despite the laws shielding individuals from unfair treatment, religious discrimination is still a very real, very serious problem.
If you experienced any type of discrimination in the workplace, you may feel intimidated or overwhelmed by your current situation. Many workers do not report these instances because they may fear further mistreatment or retaliation. If you are unsure if what you experienced is actual discrimination or if you want to take legal action against your employer, you do not have to walk through this complicated process alone.
How can you know if you experienced religious discrimination?
The Fair Employment and Housing Act prohibits the discrimination of any individual on the basis of his or her race, gender, sexual orientation, religion or other factors. It can be difficult to determine if you experienced discrimination, especially in a world where many employers are politically correct and more perceptive than ever.
You may have valid grounds for a legal claim if you experienced any of the following in the workplace, either from an employer or from a co-worker:
- Inappropriate questions about religious wear
- Negative generalizations about your religious practices
- Hostile comments or threats
- Exclusion from group projects or meetings
- Passed over for deserved promotions
- Inappropriate jokes or remarks
- Unfair pay or failed payment of earned wages
With the help of an attorney, you may be able to bring unfair practices to light, as well as hold the employer accountable for inappropriate actions or for allowing a hostile or discriminatory work environment. The best way for you to gain a complete understanding of your rights and options is to seek help as soon as you believe that religious discrimination occurred.
Fighting back against unfair treatment
California victims of any type of employment discrimination may be eligible for certain types of financial and legal remedies. These include:
- Back pay
- Punitive damages
- Attorney fees
- Reasonable accommodations
- Policy changes
Whether you want compensation, vindication or the assurance that what you experienced will never happen to another person, you can accomplish your legal goals and obtain the remedies needed to move forward. You have the right to pursue a prosperous career and work in a physically and emotionally safe environment, regardless of your religious practices.