Religion or Belief: Tell Equality and Human Rights Commission about your experiences

Has your religion or belief, or that of other people, affected your experiences in the workplace or the services you receive as part of your daily life? Or perhaps they impact on you as an employer or manager? If so, Equality and Human Rights Commission wants to hear from you.

Mark Hammond, Chief Executive of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, said:

“Everyone has the right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect, that includes respect for people’s faith or beliefs, and respect for the rights of others.

“We are well aware of the complexity in dealing with such issues. Undertaking this major piece of work will help to build our understanding about how well the law is working so we can fully examine the adequacy of the current legal framework for religion or belief.”

The Equality and Human Rights Commission want to gather as much information from employees, service users, employers, service providers, trade unions, legal advisors and religion or belief groups so that they can assess how a person’s religion or belief, or lack of it, is taken into account at work and when using services.

The work covers all faiths and beliefs and experiences in England, Scotland and Wales. They want to hear about the issues people face and how they find solutions. The Commission will also use the evidence as part of its work looking at how effective the current legislation is proving in practice.

Despite a number of high profile legal cases involving the manifestation of religion or belief, very little is known about how frequently these issues occur in practice.

This major call for evidence is part of their three year programme to strengthen understanding of religion or belief in public life, to improve knowledge of what happens in practice and to make sure that the laws which are in place to protect everyone’s right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect are effective.

The Commission wants to know about both negative and positive experiences since 2010, including:

  • How religion or belief has affected the recent experiences of job applicants, employees or customers
  • Whether people who hold a religion or belief are aware of their legal rights and if appropriate information and guidance is available to them
  • Views on the effectiveness of current equality and human rights legislation on religion or belief
  • The recent experiences of employers when these issues arise in the workplace
  • The recent experience of organisations providing services to the public when issues around religion or belief are raised.

It’s easy for you to participate.

Full details can be found here:

All information collected will be in confidence.

Contributions must be made by 14th October 2014.