It is illegal to terminate an employee due to religion. Many of the job termination cases due to religion have involved:
We have handled a number of religious discrimination cases in which our clients have sued for job terminations based upon religion, but also religious harassment. These cases often include nasty comments about a religion, or their religious practices.
Under California law, prohibited religious discrimination is to be interpreted broadly. The terms used to describe the prohibited employment practices include, “Religious creed,” and making discrimination based upon religious observance illegal. All aspects of religion are supposed to be covered. Specifically, religious grooming and dress is protected under California workplace discrimination laws. Religious clothing includes head and face coverings, and jewelry. Accordingly, there are many cases in which Muslim women have successfully sued their employers because they were asked to remove head coverings. In terms of religious grooming, an Orthodox Jewish man should not be asked to shave their Payots. An experienced job termination lawyer can guide you through the process of suing if your job was terminated due to religion. The Fair Employment and Housing Act generally applies to all California job termination cases. However, if a religions association or nonprofit religious corporation terminated you due to religion, it is necessary use Federal Title VII because the Fair Employment and Housing Act do not apply to religious associations or religious nonprofit corporations.
An experienced job termination lawyer can determine if you were working for a religious corporation or religious association exempt from state religious discrimination laws, but liable under Federal discrimination in employment laws. If our clients were employed by a corporation that might have a religious purpose, we pull documents from the California Secretary of State to determine if the corporation’s purpose is religious. For example, many hospitals are either owned by a religious group, or exist to serve religious missions. Hospitals or schools organized for a charitable religious purpose are liable for religious discrimination under Federal Title VII, but not California discrimination laws. If you were terminated from your job, discriminated against, or harassed on the basis of your religion contact our experienced Los Angeles labor law firm at 1-310-842-8600.
In Los Angeles County we have offices in downtown Los Angeles, Torrance, Ontario, and Sherman Oaks. In order to serve the employees of the State of California we also maintain offices in Bakersfield, Oxnard, Riverside, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, and Tustin. We only represent employees on a contingency which means we are only paid when and if we win the employment case. Contact us at: 1-310-842-8600 (toll free) or on one of our local area phone numbers at: 310-842-8600, 323-525-1600, or 818-783-7300.