California laws and federal laws protect employees from unfair and discriminatory treatment in the workplace and in any hiring practices. Unfortunately, inappropriate treatment still happens, as demonstrated by a recent complaint from a California employee of Samsung. This worker claims he experienced employment discrimination on the basis of his religion when interviewing for a position.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations filed a lawsuit on behalf of the man against the large technology company. According to his account of what happened, the man states that the interviewer asked him several inappropriate questions about his religious practices. Ultimately, he did not get the job, and he believes that his religion was the main factor in that decision.
The claim states that the interviewer made several statements about various co-workers drinking together and their behavior after consuming alcohol. It was made clear that the prospective employee would not fit in with company culture because of his religious beliefs. The interviewee did say that he would not mind drinking alcohol, but he still did not get the job. In addition to the questions about his religion and alcohol, the man was also asked about his national origin.
California employers cannot use perceptions about a person's religion or national origin to negatively impact his or her hiring. This type of blatant violation of a person's rights can be grounds to move forward with legal action in order to seek full accountability for wrongful conduct. Victims of employment discrimination or other types of employee rights violations have the right to speak up and protect their interests.