Harassment is unwanted conduct related to your religion or belief which has the purpose, or effect, of violating your dignity, or creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading or offensive environment for you. Harassment can also be aimed at someone because they have no religion or belief.
Harassment on the grounds of an individual’s religion or belief, or none, in the workplace is unlawful and is covered by the Equality Act 2010.
Harassment on grounds of religion or belief may be obvious bullying or it can be unintentional or hidden. It can be aimed at:
- your beliefs or religious practices
- the religion or philosophical belief itself
- a religion or belief that a person is associated with.
Harassment does not have to be aimed at an individual. A general culture of telling jokes about a certain religion, for example, might amount to harassment.
Organisations may be held responsible for harassment carried out by their staff in the workplace, or at an event or venue associated with work.
Last Updated: 20 May 2014