Category Archives: Religion in the workplace

The Great Northern Ireland Bake-off

The Equality Commission of Northern Ireland is threatening to take action against a bakery that refused to bake a Sesame Street themed cake with a pro-gay marriage slogan. This has the potential to turn into one of those conscience v equality … Continue reading

Posted in Fair Employment, Religion in the workplace, Sexual Orientation | Tagged , , , , | 6 Comments

An Insult to Christians? The Mail’s Insult to Our Intelligence

This morning’s front page of the Daily Mail is the sort of thing that keeps me up at night. There is a particular kind of deliberate stupidity – a boneheaded, almost joyous, refusal to understand or engage with an argument … Continue reading

Posted in Religion in the workplace | Tagged , , , , , | 4 Comments

Eweida & Co – the four big issues

Tomorrow the European Court of Human Rights hands down its decision in the case of four UK applicants claiming a breach of their rights under the Convention to manifest their religious beliefs. Yesterday I set out the bare facts of … Continue reading

Posted in Religion in the workplace | 3 Comments

Eweida & co – the facts

So on Tuesday we will get an important ruling from the European Court of Human Rights on four UK religious discrimination cases.  Actually there are two cases and four claimants. Eweida and Chaplin are the first case, Ladele and McFarlane … Continue reading

Posted in Religion in the workplace | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Employers must justify requiring Christians to work on a Sunday (and why that wasn’t the headline in the Telegraph)

Next Tuesday the European Court of Human Rights rules on the cases of Eweida, Chaplin, Ladele and McFarlane. The case is likely to be quite complicated and I plan to read it very carefully and give it some serious thought … Continue reading

Posted in Religion in the workplace, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , | 5 Comments

Facebook, Gay Marriage and Religion (but that’s not the interesting bit)

Employers often worry about the negative publicity associated with an Employment Tribunal case – often needlessly. It is unlikely that the nation’s press will choose to highlight a failure to follow a fair disciplinary procedure, or a redundancy decision where … Continue reading

Posted in Breach of Contract, Religion in the workplace, Unfair Dismissal | Tagged , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

It’s not about banning crosses!

I’m not going to try to go through all of the media reporting surrounding the religious discrimination cases currently being heard by the European Court of Human Rights and correct the errors and misconceptions that abound. What would be the … Continue reading

Posted in Religion in the workplace | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment