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Religion or belief discrimination

Equality legislation protects individuals from being discriminated on the basis of their religion of beliefs. On this page you can find articles, books and online resources providing information, legislation and guidance.

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Case law: Belief that a person’s sex cannot change is not a ‘philosophical belief’, protected under discrimination law, but belief in ethical veganism can be

February 2020

Employers will welcome clarification from the courts on what amounts to a protected ‘philosophical belief’. Treating an employee or job candidate less favourably because of their belief that a person’s sex cannot be changed is not discriminatory under employment law, but treating them unfavourably because they are ethical vegans can be.

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Bloomsbury Core Accounting and Tax Service

Eligible firms have free access to Bloomsbury Professional's comprehensive online library, comprising more than 60 titles from some of the country's leading tax and accounting subject matter experts. Find out who is eligible and how you can access the Core Accounting and Tax Service.

Discrimination during employment

Accountants Legal Service May 2021

A chapter on discrimination, covering the Equality Act 2010, harassment, victimisation, responsibility for employees and agents, the Codes of Practice, time limits and procedures, discrimination claims, compensation and other remedies and claims beyond the reach of discrimination legislation.


Accountants Legal Service May 2021

A chapter on recruitment in this reference guide for accountants faced with an unfamiliar legal problem or query. Includes sections on data protection and discrimination against job applicants.


CMS Pensions Team Pensions Law Handbook 2021

A chapter on discrimination within the context of UK pensions law, covering the Equality Act 2010, sex discrimination/equal pay, age discrimination, same-sex partners, gender reassignment, temporary workers, disability discrimination, religion or belief discrimination, race discrimination, insurance and relevant case law.

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These ten sections of the chapter on employment cover discrimination - the Equality Act 2010 replaced all previous discrimination legislation. Discrimination on the basis of: age; disability; gender reassignment; marriage and civil partnership; pregnancy and maternity; race; religion and belief; sex; and sexual orientation is outlawed. In addition discrimination against people with criminal records, part-time workers, fixed-term workers and agency workers is also covered.

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Acas guidance

Advice, guidance and practical resources on a wide variety of recruitment topics for both employers and employees, produced by the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service, Acas. Acas is the employment relations service for England, Scotland and Wales offering practical, independent and impartial advice to employers, employees and their representatives.


Online articles

The Library provides access to leading business, finance and management journals. These journals are available to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users subject to suppliers' terms of use.

It'll cost you...

The article offers advice on legislation related to human resources (HR) compliance in Great Britain. Topics include dealing with discrimination law, the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment Regulations (TUPE) related to service provision, and flexible working regulations. Also noted are employment law related to religion, shared parental leave (SPL) regulations, and the need for written records of employee discipline and grievance procedures..

Dressing to impress

The article discusses the legal aspects of imposing a dress code in the workplace in Great Britain, as of March 2017. It states a petition filed a woman employee regarding alleged discrimination related to dress code in the workplace, which was reportedly investigated by the House of Commons Petitions Committee, and mentions compliance for dress code under the Equality Act 2010. It notes that employers should consider dress code requests from employees owing to religion or belief..

We don't want to talk about religion

The article discusses discrimination law in Great Britain, focusing on a study by the British Equality & Human Rights Commission that found that employees tend to keep religious beliefs hidden, and that businesses are uncertain about laws on offering time off for religious observance

Religion in the workplace

The article discusses the need for employers to be sensitive to religious sentiments of employees and the laws related to discrimination in Great Britain. The Employment Equality Regulations act of 2003 was introduced to give protection against religious discrimination in the workplace. It is stated that employers faced with religious requests should consider each request separately.

Belief in climate change is protected by discrimination regulations

The article discusses the amendment to the Employment Equality Regulations 2003 of Great Britain which expands the definition of "belief" to include not only religious or philosophical belief but also other similar belief systems of persons. It explains that the belief must in a way shape a person's view of the world.

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Religion or belief discrimination

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development

Guidance on addressing religion and belief discrimination in the workplace from the CIPD. Includes factsheets, Q&As and case law. Registration required to access content.

Religion or belief ehrc

Equality and Human Rights Commission

Guidance from the EHRC including what qualifies as a belief, different types of religion or belief discrimination and circumstances when being treated differently due to religion or belief is lawful

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