Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic Calendar where Muslims carry out a period of religious observance, including fasting, prayer and self-reflection.
Companies in the EU are free to ban the wearing of a headscarf, or other political, philosophical or religious signs, if it in line with internal rules.
Putting together a dress code that’s fair and reasonable in the eyes of the law can be a tough task. Even though most have only the best of intentions, many employers fall foul and end up in dispute with members of their workforce.
Within the last six weeks two seemingly contradictory opinions have been given by the advocate general to the European Court of Justice about the banning of Islamic headscarves at work and whether this constitutes religious discrimination.
A recent ruling surrounding a spat between a Christian and a Muslim in their workplace should serve as a warning to employers, especially as religious discrimination cases are set to become more complex.
Religious discrimination legislation has been in place in the UK since 2003. However, a survey by the Equality and Human Right Commission revealed that these laws are confusing workers and employers alike – so we collected a sample of cases to explain the basics.
Millionaire businessman Bhanwarlal Doshi has given up the fortune he amassed from the plastics industry and taken a vow of celibacy in order to become a Jain monk, the Times of India has reported.
Religious employees feel uncomfortable with keeping to their beliefs at work, suggested the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC). Christians are deemed as bigots and Jews and Muslims find it hard to take time off for religious holidays. Employers also don't know what actions might count as breaching the Equality Act.
As tattoos become increasingly popular, businesses must pick a stance on body art but be careful not to fall foul of discrimination.
Employment lawyer Amanda Trewhella shares her advice for what employers should do to comply with rules around employees and religious clothing.
Recently, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) heard discrimination claims brought by four Christian applicants, all of which argued that UK law did not adequately protect them from religious discrimination at work.