The attorneys of Hennig Kramer Ruiz & Singh, LLP in Los Angeles represent workers who face harassment or discrimination due to their religious beliefs and practices. Our attorneys believe that a person’s religion is one of the most fundamental aspects of their identity.
Occasionally, a person’s religious beliefs will require that they have certain work accommodations such as time for prayer, time off for religious services, or time off for religious holidays. The law protects a person’s religious beliefs and practices from undue or unwarranted interference by their employer.
If you’ve experienced discrimination at work because of your beliefs, it’s time to reach out to the religious discrimination attorneys in Los Angeles who can help.
Religious harassment, like other forms of harassment, generally occurs when an employer creates or knowingly allows the existence of a hostile, offensive, abusive or intimidating work environment to exist that negatively affects an employee’s ability to perform their work. In the case of religious harassment, this negative treatment is because of the employee’s religious beliefs and/or practices.
There are many different types of jobs in California, and those employees practice many different religions. These religions each have their own teachings, beliefs and attire. For the most part, the attire should not affect an employees’ ability to do their jobs, and therefore, employers are required to allow their employees to wear the religious attire at work.
Some employers may not agree with certain religious practices or the religion in general, but this does not mean that they can treat that employee differently or fire them for wearing the religious attire. Employers are not allowed to do this, even if their customers do not like that the employee is wearing certain clothing.
In addition, even if the employer has certain grooming policies for all their employees, they must make reasonable accommodations to allow for that employee to wear their religious attire.
There are a couple exceptions to this rule, such as if allowing the religious attire would create an undue hardship on the business or if the employee is simply wearing the religious attire for fashion purposes.
However, if the employer prevents the employee from wearing their religious attire or fires them for doing so they may be required to compensate the employee based on the wrongful termination. This compensation can be in the form of back pay, including lost benefits, potentially future pay and other damages associated with the actions of the employer.
Our firm has represented numerous clients who have been the victims of workplace religious harassment and discrimination. If you believe that you are or have been subjected to harassment or discrimination because of your faith or religious practices, you should document the incidents and follow the policy your employer has set out for filing a formal complaint. Your record of events will be important to your legal case.
If you believe that you may have been subjected to religious harassment or discrimination, you should contact Hennig Kramer Ruiz & Singh, LLP and one of our religious discrimination attorneys in Los Angeles for a free consultation.
Our offices generally represent clients on a contingency fee basis. This means that there is generally no fee for representation unless we obtain money for our clients.
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