America is a cultural melting pot and this especially applies to California. Various ethnicities, faiths and creeds all come together as one community. The workplace generally reflects this dynamic.
Your religion is an essential part of your life. Following your faith involves partaking in daily prayers. Are you entitled to do this at work?
It is your legal right to pray
Prayer is protected under both Federal and State law. Individuals have the right to practice the religion of their choice, and if daily prayers are a part of this, companies must make reasonable accommodations to allow it.
Communication is vital
Sometimes, misunderstandings can be easily resolved. An employer may not fully understand the importance of your daily prayers or the traditions of your religion. Of course, during the busiest times of the day, it just may not be feasible for you to take time off for prayer. However, a good employer will work with you to find a solution that works for everyone. The majority of workplaces aim to be as inclusive as possible.
What if you are prevented from praying?
Your employer must make reasonable accommodations for your religious practices. If they have refused to allow you to pray at work completely, then this could be classified as religious discrimination.
Religious belief is a protected characteristic under both Federal and State law. If you are being treated unfairly at work, then it may benefit you to look further into your legal rights.