Religious or non-religious belief discrimination claims

We have helped over 3,000 employees with their employment law claims and we can help you too.

While religion or belief is one of the ‘protected’ areas of discrimination, it is also one of the most complex. For example, a religious organisation can advertise for an employee to fulfil a particular vacancy requiring them to be a devotee of the faith, for example, a church minister. But, they cannot advertise for a cleaner of the same faith, because a cleaner does not require a faith to carry out his duties. Advertising for a cleaner of the same faith is an example of indirect discrimination.

Religious discrimination cases can be complex. That is why you need expert advice from religious discrimination Solicitors who understand the particular nuances of employment law, how it can be applied to religious discrimination, and who also have extensive experience of helping claimants experiencing religious discrimination in their workplace.

Religious discrimination at work

It can be difficult to prove religious discrimination in the workplace. That is why the Employment Tribunal says that the claimant must establish facts. For example, a Muslim chef whose request to work in non-pork areas who had their request refused can claim indirect discrimination as the employer has not shown consideration for their religious beliefs. At the same time, an employee may not be a victim of religious discrimination if their request not to hold civil partnerships for same-sex couples is refused by the registrar, because it’s part of their job. However, if they are religious leaders, then they can refuse to ordain the civil partnership.

I’m facing religious discrimination at work because I do not have a belief.

You are also protected by law if you have a non-belief or have beliefs about the environment or other ideology. However, the interpretation of employment law around this can be complex.

Funding your employment law claim

We provide fixed fee employment law services. We can provide a 1 hour consultation with an employment solicitor for £240 (including VAT) or a comprehensive claims report for £450 (including VAT).

We also offer hourly rate services for more complex employment claims and funding through legal expenses insurance (LEI).

Find out more about our fees and how to fund your employment law claim.

Making a discrimination at work claim

To make a discrimination claim, it must relate to a protected characteristic and early conciliation must be started within 3 months, less one day, of the discrimination taking place. If this criteria hasn't been met, the Tribunal is unlikely to have the power to hear your case and we’ll be unable to help with your case at this time.

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