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Religion and Belief Discrimination

It is unlawful for an employer to discriminate against an employee or worker if the reason is connected to or because of your religion and/or belief.  This includes references to religion and references to a lack of religion. Belief means any religious, philosophical belief and includes reference to a lack of belief.

Philosophical belief must:

  • Be genuinely held
  • Not simply be an opinion or view point based on information currently available
  • Concern a weighty and substantial aspect of human life and behaviour
  • Attain a certain level of cogency, seriousness, cohesion and importance
  • Be worthy of respect in a democratic society, and
  • Be compatible with human dignity and not conflict with the human rights of others

Examples of discrimination could include being:

  • refused employment on the basis of your region or belief
  • denied promotion, training and other benefits on the basis of your religion or belief
  • spoken to inappropriately or mocked for your religion or belief
  • subjected to a detriment on the basis of your religion or belief
  • dismissed on the basis of your religion or belief

To bring a claim of religious discrimination, you will need to demonstrate that you are or were an employee or a worker, or were applying for a job as an employee or worker.  There is no qualifying period of employment required to bring a claim for religious discrimination. 

To present a claim, you must contact ACAS and complete Early Conciliation within three months starting from the date of the last act of discrimination. 

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