FEHA also defines a “religious creed” as beliefs, observations, or practices which a person sincerely holds and occupies in their life a place of importance parallel to that of traditionally organized religions.
According to the California statute, the law requires an employer to: “Explore any available reasonable alternative means of accommodating the religious belief or observance, including the possibilities of excusing the person from those duties that conflict with his or her religious belief or observance or permitting those duties to be performed at another time or by another person.” The California Workplace Religious Freedom Act of 2012 (WRFA) extends the definition of religion to include every aspect of religious belief, creed, observance and practice by also adding religious dress and grooming practices, including clothing, head or face coverings, jewelry, artifacts or other items that relate to a religious observance.
In some limited circumstances, indirect discrimination may be justified if it is what the law terms 'a proportionate means of achieving a legitimate aim'.
When the need for an accommodation is doubtful, an employer may make a limited inquiry into the sincerity of an employee’s belief or practice and ask whether the accommodation is actually needed.
The employer’s evaluation should focus on whether the facts belie the employee’s professed belief or practice.
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It is unlawful to discriminate against workers because of their religion or belief, or lack of religion or belief.
View or download the Acas guide Religion or belief and the workplace - a guide for employers and employees [347kb].
When unwanted conduct related to a person's religion or belief, causes a distressing, humiliating or offensive environment for that person.
Treating an employee unfairly because they have made or supported a complaint about religion or belief discrimination.
This also includes body, head and facial hair that you must keep due to your religion.
If you are an employee in California, state law requires your employer to make exceptions when it comes to workplace appearance standards due to religious practices.
No accommodation is required for secular or nonreligious beliefs; political, cultural, or sociological preferences; or philosophies not covered by Title VII. Religion includes “all aspects of religious observance and practice, as well as belief.” Title VII’s protections extend beyond “traditional” organized religions.