Religious or non-religious belief discrimination claims

If you believe you have suffered discrimination because of your religious beliefs, our employment law solicitors can help.

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 their 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 nuances of employment law and how it can be applied to religious discrimination. Our employment law solicitors have extensive experience of helping claimants who have experienced 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 the facts.

For example, a Muslim chef who requested to work in non-pork areas but had their request refused could claim indirect discrimination, because the employer didn't show consideration for their religious beliefs.

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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