What does the law say?

New law in force

The Equality Act came into force on 1 October 2010. Some of the information on this page may be out of date.

In recent years, the British government has passed laws to protect religious freedom. These laws include the:

  • Employment Equality (Religion or Belief) Regulations 2003
  • Racial and Religious Hatred Act 2006
  • Equality Act 2006
  • Human Rights Act 1998.

Find out more about anti-discrimination and human rights legislation in Britain.

Part 2 of the Equality Act, which came into force on 30 April 2007, deals with the prohibition of discrimination on grounds of religion or belief when providing goods, facilities and services, education, using or disposing of premises and exercising public functions.

The government has produced guidance on this legislation.

ACAS produced guidance for employees and employers on religion and belief in the workplace (Pdf) 

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