Religion and Belief Discrimination

Under the Equality Act of 2010 “religion” is defined as including religion, religious belief and philosophical belief. The act prohibits discrimination because of religion, belief or lack of religion or belief. Discrimination covers four areas.
Direct religion or belief discrimination is where someone is treated less favourably because of religion or belief and this also includes treating someone less favourably because of a perception, which could be right or wrong, that they may have a particular belief or belong to a certain religion or because of their association with someone of a certain religion or belief. Direct discrimination would also apply when someone refuses to follow an instruction that is