Commission intervenes on key cases of religious discrimination

23 August 2011
Commission intervenes on key cases of religious discrimination

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has opened a public consultation on how religious discrimination law should be interpreted in the courts. The Commission has been allowed to intervene at a European level on four cases that failed in the British courts.

Two cases concerned employees who were forbidden from wearing crucifixes at work for health and safety reasons.

A third case concerned a registrar who refused to marry gay couples; the fourth case concerns a relationship counsellor who refused to counsel gay couples. In both cases, it was held that the employers' indirect discrimination was justified as a reasonable means of achieving a legitimate aim.

To read more about the consultation and feed in your views, visit:

The consultation is open until 5 September 2011.

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