Religious discrimination charges are on the rise. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has seen a 223% increase from 1997 to 2012. And over in the UK, the number of religious discrimination claims has more than doubled in just six years.
This article provides a comparison of religious discrimination law in the United States and the United Kingdom, highlighting the similarities and differences between the obligations of employers on either side of the pond. Religious discrimination laws in both countries cover a wide range of religions and religious beliefs and, in the UK, philosophical beliefs. In this article, we have focused in particular, on Muslim practices and how they may conflict with workplace practices or policies. However, the principles discussed would apply in respect of any other religion or belief in the same way.
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