What Employers/Recruiters Can and Can’t Do – Part 1: Religion

It is unlawful for an employer to discriminate against a member of staff because of their religion or belief (or on any other protected ground). Protection is also afforded to non-believers who have the same rights as believers.

Acas says:

“From 2 December 2003, when the Employment Equality (Religion or Belief) Regulations came into force, it became unlawful to discriminate against workers because of religion or similar belief. The regulations also cover providers of vocational training. This booklet describes the regulations and gives guidance on associated good employment practice. Fairness at work and good job performance go hand in hand. Tackling discrimination helps to attract, motivate and retain staff and enhances an organisation’s reputation as an employer. Eliminating discrimination helps everyone to have an equal opportunity to work and to develop their skills.”

One belief does not ‘beat’ another when it comes to the law, and rights in relation to religion and belief are not absolutes.  That means it is also illegal for recruiters to engage in the recruitment and screening process on the same basis.

Darren Revell