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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.
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.
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.
30 Nov 2004
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18 Nov 2004
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12 Nov 2004
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8 Oct 2004
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11 May 2004
HR must get to grips with cultural differences if offshore outsourcing is to succeed.