Equality and Human Rights Commission calls for evidence on religion or belief issues
- Created on Wednesday, 03 September 2014
14 August 2014
The Equality and Human Rights Commission has launched a major call for evidence to collect first hand experiences from individuals and organisations about how their religion or belief, or that of other people, may have affected them in the workplace and in using the services and facilities they need in everyday life. The work covers all faiths, beliefs and experiences in England, Scotland and Wales with the call for evidence remaining open until mid-October.
The Commission’s aim is to gather as much information as possible from individuals, employers, providers of services, legal advisors and religion or belief organisations. We will then use this information to assess how employers and service providers are taking religion or belief into account and what impact this has on individuals. The Commission knows that, despite a number of high profile cases involving the manifestation of religion or belief, very little is known about how frequently issues related to religion or belief occur in practice.
To address this information gap we want to hear about the issues people face and how they find solutions to them. Particularly we want to hear about both negative and positive experiences which have occurred since 2010, including:
•How religion or belief or the lack of a religion or belief has affected the recent experiences of job applicants, employees or customers
•Whether people are aware of their legal rights in relation to religion or belief, 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.
So if you have a relevant experience to share with us, we urge you to respond. You can do this by going to the Commission’s website at www.equalityhumanrights.com/religion. Contributions must be completed by 14th October 2014.
This research is part of a three-year Commission programme of work to increase understanding of religion or belief in public life, improve knowledge about what happens in practice and ensure that the laws that protect everyone’s right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect are effective. We will also use the evidence as part of our work looking at how effective the current legislation is in practice.