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Pushing the boundaries of the equality legislation to breaking point

How far can the definition of ‘religion or belief’ stretch?

There is sometimes a 'disconnect' between law and practice when it comes to religious protection under the Equality Act 2010. It would be understandable if employers lack confidence in handling a situation concerning issues of religion or belief at work because there is uncertainty about what is, and what is not, a protected belief under the Act and each tribunal judgment is dependent on its own facts.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) aims to create a more informed, balanced and tolerant approach to religious issues, and its strategy for achieving this included an assessment of the effectiveness of existing legislation and an exploration of whether the law offers sufficient protection for people with a religious or other form of belief.

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October 31, 2016

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