Religious Discrimination


Religious discrimination in the workplace occurs when a person is treated less favourably than others because of their religion or belief. In Britain, the Equality Act 2010 protects against religious discrimination.

Discrimination on the grounds of a worker’s religion or belief is unlawful.

It is considered discrimination if any co-worker humiliates, abuses, victimises or harasses you. It is also against the law to victimise an employee because they have complained about religious discrimination.

Employers must offer the same opportunities to every employee and treat everyone in the workplace fairly, regardless of their religion or belief (faith).

The Equality Act 2010 covers discrimination at work, making it unlawful for employers to treat you less favourably than others because of your religion or belief. This is direct discrimination.

The law also makes harassment and victimisation unlawful. The part of the Equality Act that applies specifically to organisations in the public sector is called the public sector equality duty.
The police deal with hate crimes, which are criminal offences committed against a person or property caused by hatred of someone because of their religion, as well as the other protected characteristics (eg race, colour, ethnic origin or nationality).