Religion or Belief

Definition

Religion refers to people who belong to a major world religion such as Christianity, Judaism or Islam, and also people who belong to smaller religions or denominations, such as Rastafarianism or Methodism. Religion also includes people who do not identify with any particular religion, and also includes philosophical belief, such as atheism. Belief refers to any religious or philosophical belief that affects a person’s life choices or the way they live.

Legislation

Great Britain

Under the Equality Act 2010, it is unlawful to directly or indirectly discriminate against or harass someone because of their religion or beliefs, or lack thereof.

Northern Ireland

Under the Fair Employment & Treatment (NI) Order 1998, it is unlawful for those who provide services to the public to discriminate against a person on grounds of religious belief.