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.

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15 Dec 2004

With the countdown to Christmas well underway, it is easy to forget that not everyone in the workforce will be celebrating Christmas.

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Employers unaware of Employment Equality Regulations

13 Dec 2004

It has been a year since the Employment Equality Regulations (religion and sexual orientation) 2003 were introduced. Aksel Lydersen looks at the impact the legislation has had.

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Muslims want time off for prayers at work

30 Nov 2004

British Muslims would like to see time off for prayers during the working day, according to a new survey. A...

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Combined anti-discrimination body to be given power to make a difference

18 Nov 2004

Secretary of state for trade and industry Patricia Hewitt is today expected to promise stronger powers for the new Equality...

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UK organisations choose to ignore new employment regulations

12 Nov 2004

Many UK organisations have not taken any action to address recent employment legislation because they believe they will never be...

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Reservist loses appeal over going AWOL during Iraq conflict

8 Oct 2004

The RAF reservist convicted of going absent without leave (AWOL) after refusing to fight in the Iraq war has lost...

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Join the culture club

11 May 2004

HR must get to grips with cultural differences if offshore outsourcing is to succeed.

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