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It Is Illegal to Be Harassed or Discriminated Against at Work Because of Your Religion


The courts are not hesitant to help employees who have been subject to religious harassment or discrimination at work. There are many different ways that you can be harassed at work on the basis of your religion. For example, a Muslim employee may be called derogatory names, told that they are a “terrorist,” or talked about using derogatory stereotypes associated with their religion.

Such behavior is always unpleasant but becomes unlawful when its severity and/or frequency creates a “hostile work environment,” which is defined as one in which there is persistent and pervasive harassment. The more severe the acts or comments the fewer are required to create a hostile work environment. Often the religion-specific harassment is combined with harassment on the basis of the person’s race or national origin, some other protected characteristic, or other generally rude or demeaning behavior, all of which can combine with religious harassment to create a hostile work environment.

Discrimination differs from harassment in that it focuses on the unequal treatment because of a person’s religious belief primarily when it comes to hiring, promoting, providing working conditions, or terminating employees. Harassment often combines with discrimination and exposes the employer’s true motives in making discriminatory decisions based on someone’s religious beliefs, but religious discrimination can also exist without any harassment.

For example, an employee may find that everyone behaves properly toward him or her, but when there is a problem at work involving several employees, only the employee(s) who hold certain religious beliefs are terminated or disciplined while others are let off with little or no consequences. This is a strong indication of a religious bias because an employee is not allowed to selectively enforce their policies to favor or disfavor employees on the basis of their religion.

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Venardi Zurada LLP is a law firm serving California. We are experienced and effective Oakland religious harassment lawyers who work on a contingency basis meaning that you do not pay us until we recover money for you. We offer free consultations to evaluate whether or not you have a legal claim for religious discrimination or harassment.


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If you are an employee who feels their rights have been violated, or you need help negotiating or reviewing your employee contract, please call to speak to one of our expert employment law attorneys at 925-937-3900 or submit our form.

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  • We have served Northern California for over 35 years.

  • Our attorneys have been honored with numerous accolades, including SuperLawyers, AV Rating, and Top 100 Trial Attorney Awards.

  • In our decades of legal service to the community, we have garnered a substantial reputation. We are respected by opposing counsel, feared by insurance companies, and followed by jurors.

  • We combine Big Firm experience with boutique office attention and care. Several of our attorneys have experience working for the biggest law firms in the country, including the most prominent maritime defense law firm. Our attorneys rely on that big-firm know-how but prefer the personal touch of a smaller firm, allowing us to provide individualized and attentive representation to each of our clients.

  • We’ve been through it, too. Attorney Mark Venardi had to personally deal with a medical malpractice injury he suffered at a time when he was working a blue-collar job on an offshore oil rig; he knows what it’s like to be a working man dealing with a personal injury. He built his way up to working for the biggest maritime defense firm in the country, before deciding to focus on helping people like himself who were hurt by negligence and mistreatment from others.

  • We like to fight for the underdog. Attorney Martin Zurada is an immigrant and the son of immigrants who tirelessly worked his way up through education and experience to attain the American dream. Even though he has served in large, high-level litigation law firms, he prefers helping clients directly, fighting against injustices, and securing victories for the little guy who has been wronged.

  • We win. We have secured multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. In our combined tenure, we have recovered tens of millions of dollars for our clients across our broad areas of practice.

  • We care first and foremost about our clients. We dedicate ourselves to serve each and every client personally, and we make ourselves available to our clients around the clock.

  • There is no cost to you until we win. If we don’t make a recovery for you, we will not collect a fee. And all initial consultations are free of charge.

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We offer a wide range of litigation services for Oakland personal injury and employment law clients. Specifically, our areas of dedicated practice span the following issues:

Employment Law. California employers must assure proper pay to employees and comply with a variety of rules and regulations to prevent discrimination and unfair treatment of employees. We represent victims of wage and hour violations, employment discrimination, workplace harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, and any other form of California workplace mistreatment. If you believe you were treated inappropriately at work, we can help.

Personal Injury. If you’ve been injured due to another’s negligence, you deserve compensation. That’s where we come in. As Oakland personal injury attorneys, we right the wrongs done to our clients. And we do it at our cost during the entire duration of your case. There is never any fee until we win. Give us a call if you have been hurt in a car accident, by a toxic spill or contamination, as a result of medical malpractice, due to abuse or neglect, in a maritime accident, by a vicious animal attack, or any other incident caused by someone else’s negligence.

The Sooner You Speak to an Attorney, the Stronger Your Chances for Recovery Will Become.

Contact the Oakland litigation attorneys at Venardi Zurada today, and let’s get started. We are available to talk any time, so whether you call, email or chat online, we’ll respond and set up an appointment to meet you. We have several Spanish speakers in the office and welcome the opportunity to cater our services to Oakland’s Spanish-speaking population. You pay no fee until we win for you, so you have nothing to lose by contacting our office for a free consultation. The sooner you call, the faster we can start getting results for you. Call 925-937-3900.

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