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UK Employment Equality (Religion or Belief) Regulations 2003

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These regulations build on existing good practice in avoiding racial discrimination.

They apply to vocational training and all aspects of employment, from recruitment and training to transfers and dismissals. They make it unlawful to discriminate against someone directly or indirectly or to harass or victimise them on the grounds of their religion or belief.

  • Beliefs such as Paganism and Humanism are included as well as the better-known religions
  • People who do not have religious or similar beliefs, e.g. atheists, are included
  • Political beliefs are specifically excluded from the Regulations
  • Employers are not obliged to accept unreasonable disruption to their activities to meet religious needs.

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