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Religion or belief

It is unlawful to discriminate against workers because of their religion or belief. There is no specific list of what is meant by religion or belief. The law defines it as any religion, religious or philosophical belief. The definition includes all major religions, as well as less widely practised ones. Workers are also protected against discrimination if they do not hold a particular (or any) religion or belief.

Discrimination falls into 4 categories:

  • direct discrimination: this is treating someone less favourably because of their actual or perceived religion and belief, or because of the religion or belief of someone with whom they associate
  • indirect discrimination: this can occur where there is a policy, practice or procedure which applies to all workers, but particularly disadvantages workers who hold a particular religion or belief
  • harassment: this is where unwanted conduct related to religion or belief has the purpose or effect of violating an individual's dignity or creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for that individual
  • victimisation: this is unfair treatment of an worker who has made or supported a complaint about discrimination because of religion or belief

Contact us for more information about your rights in relation to religion or belief.

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