Is Religious Discrimination Illegal?

The workplace is more diverse than ever. While it used to be that people with religious practices needed to hide their faith in order to get hired, keep their job, or be eligible for promotions and raises, this is no longer the case. Many people are still unsure if religious discrimination is illegal.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) defines religious practices by workers to include "moral or ethical beliefs about what is right and wrong which are sincerely held with the strength of traditional religious views." Workers whether they are of a faith or no faith are protected from workplace discrimination under the law.

What Is Religious Discrimination?

The law clearly forbids discrimination based on a person's religion or on their sincerely held beliefs or faith. This includes all aspects of employment such as:

  • Hiring, firing or layoffs and promotions
  • Base pay, raises, bonuses
  • Job assignments and training

Forced Participation Is Illegal

As an employee, under the law you cannot be forced to participate in or not to participate in any religious activity as a condition of your employment. If you work in a business that is not a religious organization that forces you to participate in faith-based activities speak to an attorney with experience in employment discrimination. No one should be prevented from exercising their faith or be forced to comply with someone else's faith at the workplace.

Work With An Established Firm

At The Armstrong Law Firm, we are passionate attorneys who work with clients facing Bay Area discrimination of religion in the workplace. For nearly a decade we have helped working people protect all of their workplace rights. We can help you, too.

Not sure if what you are experiencing is discrimination? We can help. Call the firm at 415-692-0462 and arrange for a free consultation with a lawyer. Or email us with your story or your question. We will respond right away, usually within 24 hours.