As an employee of faith, it can be difficult to navigate your religious rights at work. This is especially true if a religious holiday or observance isn't heavily commercialized or mainstream like Hanukkah or Christmas. While employers are legally obligated to at least try to offer religious accommodation, you may still be hesitant to ask your boss for time off for religious reasons. But you don't have to be fearful. Both federal and California employment laws protect workers from discrimination due to religion. And if you work in California, state law actually offers much stronger employee protections than federal law.
Home Depot is in hot water due to a recent workplace discrimination suit brought against the company by a former employee who worked as a merchandiser. The home improvement store has been sued for disability discrimination, wrongful termination, and employer retaliation.
Under Federal and California state law, employees are guaranteed the opportunity to be offered reasonable accommodations if they request them as part of a recognized disability or medical condition. So, if you are a California employee and have the ability to work in a given position with a reasonable accommodation, you should be afforded an accommodation by your employer that would allow you to perform your job as long as that accommodation does not unduly harm your employer's business practices.