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Religion or Belief - Protected Characteristic

Key Points

  • Lack of religion or belief is also protected.
  • There are some exceptions to the application of the Act for organised religions.
  • Religious freedom is protected but it can be restricted where it encroaches on the rights of others, for example respect for private and family life or freedom of expression.
  • There is a great deal of case law on what constitutes a belief for the purposes of protection.
  • The Equality Act 2010 allows for wide interpretation in accordance with Article 9 of ECHR.

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