Does anyone have any experience they could share about the introduction biometric fingerprint entry systems and employees refusing to do this on religious grounds?
I have read the ACAS guidelines on religion or belief and the workplace, along with the judgement from the ECHR in January 2013 of the four combined cases about religious rights in the workplace. My issue is not about religious observance in the workplace, but a matter of an individuals belief that it would be against their religion to provide their fingerprint. The system is being implemented by a third party, where the employee works and we are satisfied as to the data protection element surrounding this. It does not actually take an 'actual fingerprint copy' but records by binary code numbers.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission have produced a guide for employers on 'Religion or Belief in the Workplace' and this has been useful, but any advice or guidance you can share with me on this discussion would be useful, particularly on considering the request and business reasons not to accommodate.