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April/May 2010 (vol. 06/6)

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Religion or belief

The law on religious discrimination

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The past decade has seen employment law extended to cover discrimination on grounds of religion or belief. Diana Kloss explains.

BEFORE 2003, discrimination on grounds of religion or belief was not against the law of England,Wales and Scotland, though it was prohibited in Northern Ireland. However, in some cases a religion was equated with a racial group, and therefore fell within laws forbidding discrimination on grounds of race or ethnic origin. In Mandla v Lee, a Sikh boy was refused …

Diana Kloss is a barrister, part-time employment judge, Acas arbitrator and author.

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Occupational Health at Work April/May 2010 (vol. 06/6) pp46-47

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