It is illegal for an employer to discriminate against an employee or potential employee on the basis of race, religion or national origin. Individuals who have experienced this type of discrimination may be eligible for compensation.
If you believe you have experienced discrimination in any facet of your employment, contact Allred, Maroko & Goldberg. Our nationally recognized practice has helped numerous individuals exercise their right to fair employment.
What Is the Difference Between Race, Religious and National Origin Discrimination?
- Racial discrimination — Discrimination based on skin color or race.
- Religious discrimination — Discrimination based on an individual's religion or beliefs. An employer must make reasonable accommodations for an employee who wishes to observe religious holidays, wear religious clothing or observe other religious practices.
- National origin discrimination — Discrimination based on an individual's country of origin in interviewing, hiring, hours pay, or any other aspect of employment. It is also illegal for an employer to discriminate against an employee or potential employee based on an accent.
Workplace discrimination, in any form, is illegal. Allred, Maroko & Goldberg devotes its entire practice to plaintiff representation in employment law matters. We have helped thousands of clients facing discrimination at work throughout our 40 years of practice.
What Religious Accommodations Are Employers Required to Provide?
Employers are required to provide religious accommodations for employees as long as they do not create an undue hardship for the company. Undue hardships can include causing security or health hazards, substantial costs to the company and a lack of necessary staffing.
Common accommodations may include:
- Exceptions to the company's dress and grooming code such as allowing an employee to wear a religious headscarf (hijab) or skullcap (yarmulke) or allowing an employee to keep a long beard for religious reasons
- Schedule accommodations for an employee to attend church services such as on Good Friday or to allow daily prayers at specific times of the day
- Change in job duties such as excusing an employee from filling birth control prescriptions
- Excusal from religious invocations at company meetings
Is Citizenship or Immigration Status Protected?
It is illegal for employers to discriminate against employees based on their citizenship or immigration status. Employers are prohibited from basing hiring, firing, promotion and recruitment decisions on an employee's immigration status or whether he or she is a citizen, unless government contracts or regulations require a U.S. citizen for the position.
Protecting Victims of Workplace Discrimination
If you have experienced workplace discrimination, Allred, Maroko & Goldberg can help you explore your legal options and enforce your employee rights. To speak to an employment law attorney in Los Angeles, contact us online or call 323-302-4774. You can also reach us at our New York office by calling 212-202-2966.