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Religious discrimination: Constitution of a sufficient group sharing the claimant's beliefs

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In Chatwal v Wandsworth Borough Council EAT/0487/10, the EAT held that a tribunal erred by failing properly to consider the evidence that an employee from a branch of Amritdhari Sikhs had established that his beliefs were shared by a sufficient group of people to support his indirect discrimination claim.

Key points

  • An employment tribunal failed to give proper consideration to the question of whether or not an employer’s requirement that all employees using a communal kitchen shared cleaning of the fridge constituted indirect religious discrimination against a Sikh employee who belonged to the GNNSJ branch of Amritdhari Sikhs, which, he claimed, prohibited contact with meat.