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Religious discrimination 'on the rise'

Religious discrimination 'on the rise'

Religious discrimination is on the increase in workplaces in the UK, it has been suggested.

According to figures cited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), there were 600 cases of such discrimination in the courts in the year to April 2008.

This compared with 486 in the 12 months to April 2006.

In response to the statistics, the CMI has published a new guide entitled 'Religion and belief in the workplace'.

The resource aims to inform employers about differing religious beliefs and, in so doing, reduce the likelihood of discrimination occurring.

Jo Causon of the CMI stated: "There have been several well publicised incidents recently which have brought issues of belief in the workplace to greater prominence."

She added: "It is unacceptable to discriminate on the basis of religion, belief or any other form of discrimination".

Established more than 50 years ago, the CMI is a professional body for those operating in management roles.