The Equality Act 2010 prohibits discrimination at work against anyone on the grounds of religion or belief. Religion encompasses “any religion, religious belief or philosophical belief”.

The Act prohibits four different types of discrimination in recruitment and employment: direct discrimination, indirect discrimination, harassment and victimisation. The Act also provides for limited post-employment protection in circumstances where the act of discrimination is linked in some way with the person’s previous employment.

There is no qualifying period of service necessary to make a complaint to an employment tribunal and no limit on the amount of compensation that can be awarded to a successful claimant.

Acas has published a guidance paper that gives useful examples of situations in which religious discrimination may arise.

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