All items: Religion or belief discrimination

  • When dress codes and English language requirements discriminate

    Date:
    19 September 2016

    A strict requirement to speak only English at work or a ban on religious dress at work can lead to the risk of race or religious discrimination, explains Deborah Bulman of Burges Salmon LLP.

  • Advocate General opinion: blanket ban on Muslim headscarves is unlawful

    Date:
    15 July 2016

    The Advocate General's opinion in Bougnaoui and another v Micropole Univers is that a complete ban on Muslim women wearing a hijab while in contact with customers or clients is discriminatory.

  • Brexit and bullying at work

    Date:
    13 July 2016

    The Brexit vote has elicited strong feelings on either side and employers need to ensure that their employees do not become victims of bullying and harassment as a result. We provide four examples of scenarios that could result in claims against employers.

  • Hijab-wearing employee dismissed under "neutral" dress code

    Date:
    16 June 2016

    Does the dismissal of a hijab-wearing Muslim employee by an employer with a policy of religious and ideological neutrality constitute direct and/or indirect religious discrimination, and can any indirect discrimination be justified? Consultant editor Darren Newman examines a recent controversial Advocate General's opinion.

  • Five recent cases against NHS employers

    Date:
    9 June 2016

    We round up five recent cases against NHS employers that reached the Employment Appeal Tribunal, covering disability discrimination, religious discrimination, whistleblowing, human rights and unfair dismissal.

  • Quick reference: Religious festivals and anniversaries in 2017

    Date:
    8 June 2016

    The XpertHR Quick reference tool has been updated to give the dates of religious festivals and anniversaries in 2017.

  • Advocate General opinion: "neutral" employers can ban Muslim headscarves

    Date:
    3 June 2016

    The Advocate General's controversial opinion in Achbita and another v G4S Secure Solutions NV is that organisations that adopt a policy of religious and political neutrality can ban Muslim women from wearing a hijab at work.

  • Ramadan in the workplace: a guide for employers

    Date:
    2 June 2016

    Ramadan, a period of religious observance during which many Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset, starts on 6 June. We provide tips for employers on supporting employees observing religious festivals.

  • Religious discrimination: EAT ruling on sanctity of marriage

    Date:
    23 May 2016

    Do marriage vows hold more importance for Christian employees? Can an employer dismiss a Christian employee if she decides to stay in a marriage with a convicted sex offender? These are just two of the issues considered by the Employment Appeal Tribunal in Pendleton v Derbyshire County Council and another.

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Editor's choice: HR and legal information and guidance relating to religion or belief discrimination.