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Cost:
  • FREE
Length:
30 minutes of audio
(+ optional 5 minute online quiz)
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Course Aims:

This podcast will analyse a number of recent cases concerning employment discrimination on grounds of religion and belief.

It will firstly examine some of the recent high profile cases concerning the definition of what constitutes a philosophical belief that is sufficient to qualify for protection under the 2003 regulations.

Does the legislation protect faith alone; a political ideology or even a scientific world view?

Consideration will also be given to the relationship between protection from discrimination for belief systems that offend the criterion of mutual respect and dignity expected in a democratic society.

The final aspect of this podcast will focus on the quality of the protection afforded to religious and philosophical belief systems in the workplace. Is legislation that protects the right to hold a belief but not the manifestation of that belief a dead letter?

Outcomes:
After completing the course you will:
  • Understand the facts and issues in a number of recent discrimination cases based upon religion and belief;
  • Understand the criteria that must be satisfied to qualify for protection from discrimination on grounds of belief;
  • Be aware of the debate surrounding the delineation of the term 'belief';
  • Understand the importance attached to a belief being worthy of respect in a democratic society;
  • Be aware of the different considerations relevant where the employment is in the public or private context;
  • Understand the difference between the protection of the right to hold a particular world view and the right to manifest that belief in the workplace;
  • Be aware of the potential problems in this distinction and its implications for both direct and indirect discrimination.
Level:
Intermediate Difficulty: 3 of 5
Classification:
Case Update
Legal Principles
Panel Discussion
Sources and References:
  • Grainger plc and Ors v Nicholson [2010] IRLR 4;
  • Employment Equality (Religion or Belief) Regulations 2003;
  • McClintock v Department of Constitutional Affairs [2008] IRLR 29;
  • Ladele v London Borough of Islington [2009] EWCA Civ 1357;
  • McFarlane v Relate Avon Ltd UKEAT/0106/09;
  • Webb v EMO Air Cargo (UK); Ltd [1994] 4 All ER 115;
  • Ahmad v United Kingdom (1982) 4 EHRR 126;
  • Azmi v Kirklees Metropolitan Borough Council [2007] IRLR 484;
  • Eweida v British Airways Plc [2010] EWCA Civ 80.

This podcast looks at some recent high profile decisions on discrimination on grounds of religion and belief and will address the scope of the protection afforded to employees under the Employment Equality (Religion or Belief) Regulations 2003.

Podcast added: 11/03/10

Podcast last reviewed: 2011-11-30

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