Q: Is religious garb protected by the law?
An employee wears a yarmulke to the office and HR receives complaints from two staffs that it makes them feel uncomfortable. Should you try to satisfy the employee who is religiously observant or the employees who are put-off by religious observance at work?
Does freedom of religious expression extend to what an employee wears to work?
As of January 1, 2013, California’s Fair Employment & Housing Act (FEHA) explicitly protects applicants and employees from discrimination in the workplace based on religious dress and grooming practices. Further, you may not accommodate an employee’s religious dress or grooming practice by segregating the employee from other individuals or the public.
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