New ACAS guide: Religion and belief discrimination

The Equality Act 2010 makes it unlawful to discriminate against or treat someone unfairly because of religion or belief (or their lack of religion or belief).

Religion or belief discrimination

ACAS has launched new Guidance for Employers on Religion and Belief, to help prevent discrimination at work.

As well as an explanation of the law, it contains practical guidance for employers on a variety of issues including:

  • talking about religion at work
  • food and fasting
  • washing and changing rooms

Religion workplace myths

ACAS has also published an accompanying Top Ten Myths document which gives useful information on some common misconceptions, such as:

  • A request for leave for a religious festival takes precedence over a request for a family holiday.
  • An employee can refuse to do aspects of their job because of their religion or belief.
  • As long as a manager is canny in their questioning in the interview, they can still get away with finding out a job applicant’s religion if they want to.


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