A religious discrimination lawsuit brought by one NASA computer specialist is set to go to trial in Los Angeles soon. Religious discrimination is one of the most common types of workplace discrimination in California and against state and federal law. Religious discrimination can take multiple forms including demotions and wrongful terminations.
In a report released by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, claims of employer retaliation rose 3 percent in the fiscal year 2011. Other claims of employment discrimination and wrongful termination remained substantially similar to the 2010 numbers, the agency reported, although the slight increase made 2011 a record year for EEOC charges.
The recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that impacts religious teachers raised many questions for the thousands of teachers and religious staff persons employed by religious organizations throughout the country. As the president of the National Association of Catholic School Teachers put it, "I don't give up my rights at the schoolhouse door. I should not have to do that."
The death of Danny Evins, the creator and founder of popular store and restaurant Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, died Saturday in Tennessee. While many remember his restaurant, others remember the controversy that he ignited when he issued a policy calling for the discrimination and termination of any non-heterosexual employees at the restaurants.
A former participant on the 2009 segment of "The Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Ruins" has filed an employment lawsuit against MTV, the production company Bunim-Murray Productions and two cast members on the show. The 14 claims filed in the suit include sexual harassment, discrimination, assault, battery, negligence and wrongful termination.
The 4th District Court of Appeals upheld the lower court's ruling in favor of the defendant Red Hill Lutheran Church and school after firing a preschool teacher for not conforming to their beliefs. The woman was unmarried and lived with a boyfriend and their child, the court decision stated.
California law and Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act protect people of all faiths--Muslim, Hindu, Jewish, Christian, Buddhist, and all other religious faiths--against unfair or retaliatory treatment based on their religious beliefs. This is a sacred right and protection to most Americans, as is the right to work in a healthy workplace environment.
All too often, when an employee complains about unlawful behavior by a supervisor, manager, or employer, it is the employee who is disciplined or fired in retaliation. Retaliation against employees for participation in "protected activities", including reporting wrongful conduct by an employer is unlawful. At the Bononi Law Group, LLP in Los Angeles, California, we have extensive experience advocating on behalf of individuals who have suffered employment retaliation and wrongful discharge.