- The principal legislation governing discrimination on the grounds of religion or belief is the Equality Act 2010.
- Religion or belief discrimination can occur directly when someone is treated unfairly because of their religion or religious or philosophical belief.
- It can also occur indirectly when they are disadvantaged by a policy, or practice or criteria.
- Discrimination can be in the form of harassment because of a protected characteristic, or victimisation because an individual brings a claim or internal complaint about discriminatory treatment or supports another to do so.
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