Updated to include information on Bellman v Northampton Recruitment Ltd, a personal injury case that may have implications for discriminatory behaviour by employees towards colleagues or third parties.
The Advocate General has suggested that an employer cannot have a blanket ban on religious dress that prevents a Muslim woman from wearing an Islamic headscarf when in contact with clients.
We discuss a number of recent cases that concern NHS employers but that could also apply more widely.
Consultant editor Darren Newman considers the Advocate General's recent opinion that it does not amount to direct religious discrimination for an employer with a policy of religious, philosophical and political neutrality to prevent a Muslim employee from wearing a hijab.
The Advocate General has said that it is not direct religious discrimination for an employer with a policy of religious and political neutrality to prevent a Muslim employee from wearing an Islamic headscarf.
In Wasteney v East London NHS Foundation Trust  IRLR 388 EAT, the EAT held that disciplinary proceedings against an employee were taken because she had acted inappropriately by imposing her religious views on a junior employee. She had not suffered unlawful religious discrimination, nor had her human right to manifest her religious belief been breached.
The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has held that an employee was subjected to disciplinary proceedings because of her own inappropriate actions, and not because she was manifesting her Christian beliefs.
An employment tribunal has held that the removal of the Koran from a Muslim employee's locker during a locker clearance while he was on paid leave was not religion or belief discrimination.
In DLA Piper's case of the week, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) examined the dividing line between the innocent expression of an employee's religion at work and the inappropriate manifestation of religious beliefs in the workplace that justifies a misconduct charge.
A "Wiccan" who claimed that she was mocked and later dismissed after switching her shifts to celebrate All Hallows' Eve has won a religion or belief discrimination claim, in what may be the first successful case of its kind in UK employment law.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to direct religion or belief discrimination.