Religion or belief is a protected characteristic under the Equality Act 2010.
Protection is provided against discrimination, harassment and victimisation on the grounds of religion or belief and applies to employment, education, the provision of goods, facilities and services, the management of premises and the exercise of public functions.
This means protection related to religion or belief for people seeking work, current and former employees in terms of
This means protection related to religion or belief for enquirers, current and past students in terms of
Religion or belief is included in the public sector duty under the Equality Act 2010 which means we have to have due regard to the need to:
This law prohibits discrimination and harassment on the grounds of religious belief and applies to the fields of employment, higher education and goods, facilities and services.
The protected characteristic of religious belief is subject to the duty placed on public authorities (which includes the OU) to have due regard to the need to promote equality of opportunity:
This entails more than the elimination of discrimination and requires proactive measures to be taken to ensure equality for people of different racial groups in our policies and decision-making.
In addition, public authorities have a duty to have regard to the desirability of promoting good relations between people of religious belief, political opinion or racial group.