Although discrimination based on religion is one of the things prohibited by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, previous cases ruled in favor of allowing employers to discriminate against visibly religious applicants based on the dress code or "look" enforced by the business. In late February, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case that challenges this practice, which may be good news for highly diverse states like California.
California shoppers who have heard of Food Lion might find it interesting that the supermarket chain faces a religious discrimination lawsuit in North Carolina, where the company was founded. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed the complaint on Aug. 20 after a Jehovah's Witness was allegedly fired for not being able to work on certain days.
Discrimination at work is unacceptable and illegal in California and across the country. Despite being illegal, many employees are discriminated against in California for a variety of reasons. What types of workplace discrimination are there?