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(p. 290) 15. Religious discrimination 

(p. 290) 15. Religious discrimination
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(p. 290) 15. Religious discrimination
Author(s):

Stephen Taylor

and Astra Emir

DOI:
10.1093/he/9780198705390.003.0015

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date: 18 September 2019

This chapter deals with religious discrimination law under the Equality Act. It discusses the historical background of religious discrimination law, protected characteristics, prohibited conduct on grounds of religious discrimination, and the two main areas where the law has to balance competing interests. Religion and belief is not specifically defined in the statute, and is left for the courts to define. Atheists are protected, but beliefs which ‘conflict with the fundamental rights of others’ are not. Dress codes are one of the most contested topics in this area of law. There are also specific exceptions for religious employers.

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