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Discrimination: Religion and belief discrimination guidance

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In light of the recent discrimination cases decisions of the European Court of Human Rights in the cases of Eweida, Ladele, Chaplin and McFarlane, the Equality and Human Rights Commission has published guidance on discrimination on the grounds of religion or belief.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission guidance aims to tackle discrimination issues such as:

  • How will an employer know if a religion or belief is genuine?
  • What kind of religion or belief requests will an employer need to consider?
  • What steps should an employer take to deal with a request?
  • What questions should employers ask to ensure their approach to a religion or belief request is justified?
  • Do employees now have a right to promote their particular religion or belief when at work?
  • Can employees refrain from work duties?

If you are faced with a situation involving potential discrimination cases on the grounds of religion or belief, the Equality and Human Rights Commission guidance is a useful practical starting point.  Alternatively, you can contact our Employment & HR team, who are experts in this area of the law.

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