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Syma Spanjers: Respecting religious beliefs in the workplace

The fundamental principle of discrimination law is simple: ensure that all employees are treated equally, fairly and with dignity at work. However, the reality for employers can be far from straightforward. Whilst there are clear benefits for businesses in recruiting a diverse and culturally varied workforce, this can lead to disputes when attempting to reconcile…

Guidance on managing religion in the workplace launched

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has published new guidance to help employers and employees deal with the expression of religion or belief in the workplace, and therefore avoid conflict and costly court cases. This guidance has been issued with the hope that it will help clarify an area of law that is extremely complex.…

Christian rights cases go before Strasbourg court

The freedom of Christians to wear crosses at work and to refuse to support same-sex relationships will come under international legal scrutiny at the European court of human rights. Four landmark test cases in employment law will be argued before judges in Strasbourg on Tuesday, in hearings that may define the limits of religious liberty…

Religious Awareness Raising

The NHS is committed to recognising the needs of patients and staff from diverse religious groups, and to responding sensitively and appropriately to their needs. It is estimated that eleven different religious events took place in July 2012. Key points for the NHS Many NHS trusts have consulted with staff and reviewed policies and practices to understand faith requirements more…

Academic claims he was sacked for being a white Christian

The former principal of a Scottish further education college claiming unfair dismissal on the grounds of racial and religious discrimination, says he was sacked from his post because he is a white Christian reports The Scotsman. Professor Malory Nye, 47, had been working at Dundee’s Al Maktoum College of Higher Education for eight years when…

Muslims across Europe face discrimination in the workplace and society in general if they choose to demonstrate their faith, Amnesty International has claimed. A new report by the human rights organisation says that European governments must do more to challenge the negative stereotypes and prejudices held against Muslims across the continent. Called Choice and prejudice:…

Christians are not above equality law, says EHRC chairman

Christians who believe that they are exempt from equalities legislation are no different from Muslims trying to impose Sharia law in Britain, Trevor Phillips has declared. Speaking at a debate in London on diverse societies, the chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) backed new laws that led to the closure of all…

Religious discrimination leaves room for adjustment

There are many different approaches to handling displays of belief within the workplace. Employers and employees could gain a great deal from adopting new ways of managing the way in which beliefs are expressed at work. HR professionals are understandably wary of managers using their own discretion when dealing with the outward signs of employees’…

Outrage as the EHRC intervene in religious discrimination issue

A bid by the Equality and Human Rights Commission to clarify the law surrounding religious discrimination in the workplace has sparked a huge row. The Commission has applied to intervene in four cases of alleged religious discrimination in the workplace, which are already before the European Court of Human Rights. The cases are expected to…