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.
The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has held that the dismissal of a Christian employee because of her refusal to end her marriage with a convicted sex offender was indirect religious discrimination.
An employer was entitled to turn down an employee's request for five consecutive weeks' annual leave in the summer to attend religious festivals with his family in Sardinia, in a useful case for employers faced with an employee asking for a long block of holiday for religious reasons.
An employment tribunal has held that the claimant was subjected to indirect discrimination by the employer's requirement that she work on a Saturday where her religion prohibited Saturday working.
The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has dismissed an appeal against an employment tribunal decision that there was no religious discrimination against a Muslim interviewee who was asked by an interviewer about the potential for her unusually long religious dress to provide a trip hazard.
On this week's XpertHR Weekly, we discuss key cases dealing with the expression of religion in the workplace.
Krishna Santra, Linda Quinn and Colin Makin are senior associates and Melissa Powys-Rodrigues and Dominic Speedie are associates at Colman Coyle Solicitors. They round up the latest rulings.
In Mba v Mayor and Burgesses of the London Borough of Merton  IRLR 145 CA, the Court of Appeal held that an employer had been justified in requiring a Christian employee who believed in strict Sunday observance to work on Sundays. Accordingly her claim of unlawful religious discrimination failed.
The Court of Appeal has found that the employment tribunal was correct to reject the indirect religion or belief discrimination claim brought by a Christian care worker who resigned after a dispute with her employer over her refusal to work on Sundays.
This employment tribunal considered whether or not it was discrimination for a manager with health and safety concerns to ask a Muslim interviewee about her unusually long religious dress.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to indirect religion or belief discrimination.