Religious discrimination in the workplace

The Equality and Human Rights Commission recently launched a major call for evidence on religion or belief issues. The information will be used to assess how employers, businesses and other providers are taking religion or belief into account and the impact this has on individuals.

Employers, members of the public, providers of services, legal advisers and religion or belief organisation are being asked to respond as part of the commission’s three-year programme to determine the effectiveness of current equality and human rights legislation on people of all faiths and beliefs in England, Wales and Scotland.

Mark Hammond, Chief Executive of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, said:

Everyone has the right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect, that includes respect for people’s faith or beliefs, and respect for the rights of others.

We are well aware of the complexity in dealing with such issues. Undertaking this major piece of work will help to build our understanding about how well the law is working so we can fully examine the adequacy of the current legal framework for religion or belief.

Further information on workplace discrimination, discrimination because of religion or belief and other forms of unlawful discrmination can be obtained here.

If you would like to discuss a discrimination law matter, then please contact our employment lawyers in Canary Wharf, London for expert advice on 0207 956 8699 or email: We advise businesses, senior executives and employees on all aspects of workplace discrimination.