Religious Freedom, Religious Discrimination and the Workplace (Paperback)
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Religious Freedom, Religious Discrimination and the Workplace (Paperback)

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Paperback 244 Pages / Published: 09/04/2008
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The book considers the extent to which religious interests are protected in the workplace, with particular reference to the protection against religious discrimination provided by the Employment Equality (Religion and Belief) Regulations 2003. It establishes a principled basis for determining the proper scope of religious freedom at work, and considers the interaction of freedom of religion with the right not to be discriminated against on grounds of religion. Discrimination on grounds of religion and belief within the workplace raises many complex and contested issues, not least because of the multi-faceted nature of religious discrimination. Discrimination can occur where secular employers refuse to employ or accommodate religious employees, as well as where religious groups refuse to employ those of a different religion, or those of the same religion whose interpretation or practice of the faith differs. Adding to the complexity is the fact that freedom of religion is protected as a fundamental human right which may be enjoyed by both religious individuals and religious groups. Although it is not an absolute right, its importance to individuals means that religious freedom may warrant a degree of protection in the work context. The book begins with a study of the basis for protecting religious freedom and considers the extent to which that right should be exercised in specialised context of the workplace. It takes a comparative approach, considering the position in other common law jurisdictions, and within the European Union. It locates the debate surrounding these issues within a philosophical and theoretical framework in which the importance of freedom of religion, and its role within the workplace is fully debated.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781841136875
Number of pages: 244
Weight: 380 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 12 mm


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...a thoughtful and comprehensive book which will be of value to all of us...who teach and work in the field of employment law. John Duddington Law and Justice - The Christian Law Review No. 163, Trinity/Michaelmas, 2009 The book looks at such issues as the nature of religious freedom, discrimination based on religious interests, the extent to which such interests deserve protection at the workplace, and the guidance offered by international instruments such as the European Convention on Human Rights. Although the work is UK-centred, there are some comparative perspectives included, notably from the United States, Canada and the rest of Europe. The Commonwealth Lawyer Vol 17, No 2 ...scholarly, informative, interesting, and thought-provoking...Vickers has written a highly informative book that provides great detail about the subject. She offers the reader nuanced and dense discussions of the issues, and while some readers may find the legal arguments and explanations complex, the informed reader with an interest in the subject will welcome the elucidation and clarification of many fine points...an informative and welcome addition to the literature on this important subject. Gloria C. Cox Law and Politics Book Review Nov 2008 This work is a comprehensive overview of the topic with some extremely useful material, particularly in the early chapters. The author's style is concise and accessible, which will render this book useful to academics, students and practitioners both within and without the law, although they may wish to read it alongside a more recent discussion of the relevant case law. Andrew Hambler Ecclesiastical Law Journal Year:2009 ...a thoughtful and wide-ranging survey, enhanced by a useful section on comparison with other jurisdictions...It is not possible within the confi nes of a book review to do justice to the rich and fascinating range of arguments propounded in this work. Gwyneth Pitt Industrial Law Journal Vol. 38, No. 2, June 2009

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