Protected Characteristic - Religion and Belief

The Equality Act 2010 protects you against discrimination because you belong to an organised religion, for example:

  • Islam
  • Judaism
  • Christianity
  • Buddhism
  • Hinduism
  • Sikhism.

This also includes smaller religions or sects like Rastafarianism, Scientology or Paganism and religious denominations, or sects, for example Jehovah's Witnesses within Christianity, or Sunnis within Islam.

The Equality Act 2010 also protects you against discrimination because of your religious beliefs.

Religious belief refers to the beliefs within the central articles of faith for a specific religion, for example, within Christianity that Jesus is the Son of God.

Philosophical beliefs are also included; however these must be deemed as acceptable in a democratic society and not conflict with the fundamental rights of others (for example: humanism and atheism)

Useful Links - Religion and Belief:

A Guide to Religions has been produced by the University of Dundee Chaplaincy Centre

Equality Act 2010 information specifically relating to religion and belief discrimination

Covid-19 related Information

Government guidance relating to places of worship during the Covid-19 Pandemic

Guidance relating to Muslim burials, for those who have passed away due to Covid-19

United Synagogue guidance for Jewish people

Church of England guidance relating to Covid-19 measures

Catholic Church guidance relating to Covid-19 measures

Guidance relating to the Sikh Community during Covid-19

Guidance relating to Jehovah's Witnesses during Covid-19