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Religion or belief discrimination

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  • Date:
    15 October 2019
    Type:
    Commentary and analysis

    Political beliefs in the workplace: what does the law say?

    As the debate over Brexit reaches a crescendo and leavers and remainers disagree on what should happen next, Richard Fox examines the extent to which employers can allow political debate in the workplace.

  • Date:
    13 September 2019
    Type:
    Law reports

    Vegetarianism not philosophical belief under Equality Act 2010, holds tribunal

    In Conisbee v Crossley Farms Ltd and others, an employment tribunal held that vegetarianism is not a "philosophical belief" under the Equality Act 2010. However, the tribunal suggested that veganism is more likely to be protected under the Act.

  • Type:
    Employment law manual

    Religion or belief discrimination

    Updated to include information on Page v NHS Trust Development Authority, in which the Court of Appeal considered the distinction between a person's religious beliefs and the manner in which they express those beliefs.

  • Date:
    6 August 2019
    Type:
    Law reports

    No religious discrimination where director suspended after publicly opposing same-sex adoption

    In Page v NHS Trust Development Authority, the Employment Appeal Tribunal upheld an employment tribunal decision that there was no religious discrimination where a non-executive director was suspended after voicing his opposition to same-sex couple adoption in the media.

  • Date:
    20 March 2019
    Type:
    Law reports

    Religious discrimination: Justifying shift rota requiring work on Sabbath

    In The City of Oxford Bus Services Ltd t/a Oxford Bus Company v Harvey, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) held that, when deciding if an employer's working arrangements are justified, the tribunal must focus on justifying the rule in the particular circumstances of the business, rather than the application of the rule to the individual.

  • Date:
    21 February 2019
    Type:
    Law reports

    Dismissal for "cohabitation outside marriage" is not religious discrimination, rules EAT

    In Gan Menachem Hendon Ltd v De Groen, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) held that a claim of direct religious discrimination cannot be sustained simply on the basis that an employer acted in the way it did because of its own religious beliefs.

  • Date:
    11 October 2018
    Type:
    Law reports

    No direct sexual orientation discrimination in Christian bakery's refusal to make "gay cake"

    In Lee v Ashers Baking Co Ltd and others, the Supreme Court held that a Christian bakery did not commit direct sexual orientation discrimination in the provision of goods and services when it refused to fulfil a cake order with a message in support of same-sex marriage.

  • Date:
    25 July 2018
    Type:
    Law reports

    EAT considers if belief in right of creative ownership is a philosophical belief

    In Gray v Mulberry Company (Design) Ltd, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) held that a tribunal had been entitled to conclude, on the particular facts, that a belief in the importance of copyright ownership lacked sufficient cogency to qualify as a philosophical belief.

  • Type:
    Employment law manual

    Discrimination in recruitment and selection

    The law on discrimination in recruitment and selection, including the impact of the Equality Act 2010 on recruitment, direct discrimination, indirect discrimination, the duty to make reasonable adjustments, positive action, occupational requirements, monitoring and keeping records.

  • Date:
    17 May 2018
    Type:
    Law reports

    EAT confirms importance of "context" in harassment cases

    In Bakkali v Greater Manchester Buses (South) Ltd t/a Stage Coach Manchester, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) held that asking a Muslim employee whether or not he supported IS did not amount to harassment because, given the context, the offending comment was not "related to" his religious belief or race.

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