Approaching Religious Discrimination at Work: Lessons from Canada

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Abstract

This article contains an overview of the provisions of the Employment Equality (Religion or Belief) Regulations 2003, in force in the UK since December 2003, highlighting some of the difficulties which may face courts in dealing with religious discrimination in the workplace. It goes on to consider how such issues have been dealt with in Canada, where similar protection has been available for some time. Issues include how courts determine a person's religion, how much effort is required of employers to accommodate the religious needs of employees, and how to deal with occupational requirements of religious bodies, in particular where these create a clash between different types of discrimination rights.

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