Commonly asked questions on the legal issues relating to religious discrimination in the workplace
This form of discrimination arises when someone is unfairly disadvantaged for reasons related to their religion or beliefs. It has been illegal in the UK since 2003, with the law now incorporated into the Equality Act 2010, which covers religious or philosophical beliefs but doesn’t give a list of religious and belief groups. It does, however, include not having any religious belief. To change attitudes, organisations should be promoting an open culture of respect and dignity for all employees, and value difference.
This factsheet offers an overview of the different types of discrimination with examples of how these apply to religious discrimination. It suggests good employment practices, covering the managing of equality and diversity issues, the encouraging of personal commitment, the addressing of any incidents of harassment or bullying, and the reviewing of all policies and procedures - such as recruitment and selection, performance management and development - to ensure they are fair.