Religion discrimination is on the increase warn Chartered Management Institute

The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) has published a new


aimed at helping employers tackle prejudice and misunderstanding relating to religion. Discrimination in this area is rising, in the year to April 2008, 600 cases of workplace discrimination on religious grounds were tackled in the Courts, up from 486 in the 12 months to April 2006. 

Research carried out by the Institute also suggests that the increase in tribunals is caused by confusion amongst employers.  Two-thirds of employers admit to uncertainty about the faith days celebrated by staff and only 1 in 3 organisations have an explicit policy on religion and belief issues*.  As a result, the CMI's new guide, called ‘Religion and belief in the workplace’, aims to inform employers about different religious beliefs.  

The guide explores whether religion should be brought into the workplace.  It also provides a brief overview of the law and discusses the business case for taking account of religion as well as the range of issues policies should cover, such as prayer time and Holy Days or festivals.

“There have been several well publicised incidents recently which have bought issues of belief in the workplace to greater prominence” says Jo Causon, director of marketing and corporate affairs at the Chartered Management Institute. “Employers need to know the law and work within it, but they also need to manage relationships to ensure organisations and their employees can thrive. It is unacceptable to discriminate on the basis of religion, belief or any other form of discrimination. What matters is that employees have the skills and abilities to do the job. Employers need to harness the diversity within organisations for the benefit of the business.”

‘Religion and Belief in the Workplace’ can be downloaded from


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