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Religious discrimination at work

24 March 2010

Our client is Muslim. He experienced discrimination and harassment from colleagues and management when he became more obviously observant of his faith in the workplace, including by changes to his dress, growing a beard, praying 5 times a day and mentioning that he was going on pilgrimage to Mecca. This treatment culminated in the employer bringing disciplinary allegations against our client, after which we assisted him in raising an internal grievance and negotiating a confidential severance package for him, without him having to bring a claim. A key part of our argument was that the Regulations prohibiting discrimination on grounds of religion or belief extend to protection of an individual's reasonable manifestation of that belief at work.