Religious discrimination

Religious discrimination legislation has been in place in the UK since 2003, although individuals of religious denominations that are associated with one particular race have been bringing race discrimination claims much earlier than 2003. “Religion or belief” is a protected characteristic under the Equality Act 2010.

Religious discrimination laws cover direct and indirect religious discrimination, and harassment and victimisation because of someone's religion.

Any religion is protected under UK equal opportunities laws. This means that, while the majority of claims will be brought by Christians, Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs, and Jews, it is possible for an employer to face a workplace discrimination from followers of other religions such as Pagans, Spiritualists or Wiccans (Holland v Angel Supermarket Ltd and another). A lack of religion is also covered.


Christian loses discrimination claim in LGBT teaching case

A Christian school assistant who took her former employer to tribunal over claims she was sacked because of her religious...

Christian school worker sacked for sex education views seeks £56k

21 Sep 2020

A Christian school assistant is taking her former employer to tribunal over claims she was sacked over Facebook posts in...

Continue Reading Comments { 0 }
ramadan

Ramadan in the workplace: top tips for employers

23 Apr 2020

For many Muslims, Ramadan is a period of religious observance, which includes fasting from sunrise to sunset. Ashok Kanani provides...

Continue Reading

Hairdresser wins £20k after being asked to clean up dog excrement

21 Apr 2020

A hairdresser has been awarded £20,000 at an employment tribunal after her boss asked her to pick up excrement in...

Continue Reading Comments { 0 }
London street scene rush hour

Migrants face less discrimination than their adult children

20 Jan 2020

The UK-born children of migrants feel they are more discriminated against than new migrants and are more likely to be unemployed.

Continue Reading Comments { 0 }

Dress codes and religious discrimination: what is reasonable?

17 Jan 2020

While having a dress code can help project a professional image, employers need to be careful that their policies do...

Continue Reading Comments { 0 }

Staff agency for top hotels discriminated against bearded Sikh man

4 Dec 2019

A Sikh man has won £7,000 after an agency which supplies staff to exclusive London hotels said it was not...

Continue Reading Comments { 1 }

Embassy secretary awarded £400,000 for ‘spiteful’ sex discrimination

22 Nov 2019

Employment tribunal awards £400,000 to former Qatari Embassy secretary who was subjected to a campaign of sexual harassment and discrimination.

Continue Reading Comments { 0 }
Can employers insist on their staff wearing or not wearing a poppy in the workplace?

Wearing a poppy in the workplace: myth or reality?

6 Nov 2019

Employers sometimes make the headlines over their policy on staff wearing a poppy in the workplace. We set out the...

Continue Reading
christian doctor transgender pronoun employment tribunal

Christian doctor in transgender pronoun row loses at employment tribunal

8 Oct 2019

The Christian doctor who refused to refer to transgender benefits claimants by their relevant pronouns has lost his claim for...

Continue Reading Comments { 0 }

Recruitment consultant wins religious discrimination claim

4 Oct 2019

A Muslim woman has been awarded more than £22,000 in compensation after a company director made derogatory comments about her...

Continue Reading Comments { 0 }

‘Gay cake’ case referred to European Court

15 Aug 2019

The case involving a Northern Irish bakery that refused to make a cake with a message supporting gay marriage will...

Continue Reading Comments { 0 }

Christian doctor ‘chose’ to leave his job over trans pronoun row

12 Jul 2019

Dr David Mackereth, the Christian doctor who claims he was dismissed for refusing to use transgender pronouns, chose to leave...

Continue Reading Comments { 0 }

Christian doctor sacked for not using preferred pronouns

10 Jul 2019

A doctor has claimed he was dismissed because his Christian beliefs prohibited him from addressing transgender benefit claimants by their...

Continue Reading Comments { 12 }

Proselytising Christian nurse loses second appeal against dismissal

14 May 2019

A nurse in Kent dismissed for “preaching” to patients has lost a second appeal against an employment tribunal ruling that...

Continue Reading Comments { 0 }