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Forms of religious discrimination in the workplace

The state of California prides itself on being welcoming to people from all walks of life. In fact, California is widely regarded as the most diverse state in the U.S. Yet, California is far from being completely free from discrimination, and this reality extends to many of the state’s workplaces.

One common form of discrimination at work is religious discrimination. Outlined below are some of the most notable ways that this frustrating, unlawful challenge manifests itself.


Harassment based on religion is one of the most obvious types of discrimination to spot. An individual may be singled out, called names or excluded from work-related activities purely on the basis of their religion. In severe cases, harassment may even take a physical form, leading to victims being assaulted at work.

The denial of opportunities

Both prospective and current employees should be judged on their skills, experience, attitude and work ethic. Religion should not be a deciding factor in either granting someone a position or promoting them up the ladder. Sadly, being denied opportunities on the basis of religion is something that a significant number of people are compelled to deal with.

Indirect discrimination

Noted above are direct forms of religious discrimination, but it’s also important to consider indirect types. Indirect religious discrimination includes policies that apply to all workers, but negatively impact religious minorities disproportionately. For example, if an employer requires a dress code or uniform to be worn that does not take into consideration certain religious garments and rules.

You should be free to practice any religion and should certainly not be discriminated against on this basis. To find out more about your employment rights, it may benefit you to seek legal guidance.