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Claiming if Treated Differently at Work Because of Religion or Belief

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Do you feel that you have been treated badly because of what you believe in?

If a person is religious or holds a philosophical belief, the Equality Act 2010 makes it unlawful to discriminate against someone on these grounds. The legislation also covers employees who experience discrimination for not holding a belief.

The Equality Act 2010 protects employees from the application stage of employment right through to dismissal and these safeguards provided by law may even apply after your employment has terminated, say for example if your former employer provides a poor reference or fails to provide one at all because of your belief.

Our experienced team can provide high quality advice if:

  • You have been treated badly because of your belief
  • Your employer’s policies disadvantage you because of your belief
  • You bring a complaint about discrimination and are later treated unfairly because of doing so
  • You are treated in a way which is intimidating, humiliating, degrading or offensive

Your employer’s policies might indirectly discriminate because religious holidays, prayer times or religious dress conflict with your employer’s expectations of you.

The Equality Act covers any religion, religious belief or philosophical belief. For example the Employment Appeal Tribunal confirmed that a belief in man-made climate change was protected by the Act.

Guidelines are that the belief:

1)      Must be genuinely held.

2)      Must have some form of cogency and seriousness.

3)      Must not be incompatible with human dignity or conflict with the fundamental rights of others.

We can advise whether or not you might have a claim for religion or belief discrimination and help you bring a claim. As your representatives, we will advise you throughout the claim and advise you on the best course of action.

We will aim to help resolve the claim, whether you request a declaration of discrimination from the Tribunal or compensation. Our expertise and experience with the Tribunal will enable us to advise you as to what compensation you should expect in the event you are successful.

A discrimination claim must be brought within 3 months of the discrimination occurring so if you feel you have been the victim of religion or belief discrimination then please do not hesitate in seeking confidential advice from our experienced team today.

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