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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.
21 Sep 2020
A Christian school assistant is taking her former employer to tribunal over claims she was sacked over Facebook posts in...
23 Apr 2020
For many Muslims, Ramadan is a period of religious observance, which includes fasting from sunrise to sunset. Ashok Kanani provides...
21 Apr 2020
A hairdresser has been awarded £20,000 at an employment tribunal after her boss asked her to pick up excrement in...
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.
17 Jan 2020
While having a dress code can help project a professional image, employers need to be careful that their policies do...
4 Dec 2019
A Sikh man has won £7,000 after an agency which supplies staff to exclusive London hotels said it was not...
22 Nov 2019
Employment tribunal awards £400,000 to former Qatari Embassy secretary who was subjected to a campaign of sexual harassment and discrimination.
6 Nov 2019
Employers sometimes make the headlines over their policy on staff wearing a poppy in the workplace. We set out the...
8 Oct 2019
The Christian doctor who refused to refer to transgender benefits claimants by their relevant pronouns has lost his claim for...
4 Oct 2019
A Muslim woman has been awarded more than £22,000 in compensation after a company director made derogatory comments about her...
15 Aug 2019
The case involving a Northern Irish bakery that refused to make a cake with a message supporting gay marriage will...
12 Jul 2019
Dr David Mackereth, the Christian doctor who claims he was dismissed for refusing to use transgender pronouns, chose to leave...
10 Jul 2019
A doctor has claimed he was dismissed because his Christian beliefs prohibited him from addressing transgender benefit claimants by their...
14 May 2019
A nurse in Kent dismissed for “preaching” to patients has lost a second appeal against an employment tribunal ruling that...