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 Some of the information on this page may be out of date.


Nobody has the right to refuse you products or services because of your religion or belief, or because you have no religion or belief.


A hotel owner refuses to allow a Muslim couple to book a room because he is wary of Muslims following the 2005 terrorist bombings in London. This would be unlawful direct discrimination.


A manager at a religious charity gives his receptionist the sack when he finds out that she no longer has religious beliefs. This is likely to be seen as direct discrimination, as the receptionist does not need to have religious beliefs in order to carry out her job.

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