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Under the Equality Act 2010 an employer must not discriminate against an employee, either indirectly or directly, because of their religious belief.
Generally, if an employer wants to prevent an employee from taking time off, or requires them to work on a religious holiday, this will be regarded as indirect discrimination unless the employer can show that their request is objectively justified.
The EHRC Code gives some useful information on how to deal with such situation:
So it is important to consider why the request is refused and if it can be objectively justified. I don’t think the excuse they have given is great to be honest – they can easily explain to other staff who may wish to ‘jump on the bandwagon’ that the only reason you have been allowed this is due to a religious belief and it is an exceptional situation, not something you will get whenever you want.
Thank you for your answer, I do feel that the reason for not allowing me time off was not fair or clear enough. it is good to know that someone else things that. I think i will request a meeting and try to talk to them about the issue.
The Code is here:http://www.equalityhumanrights.com/uploaded_files/EqualityAct/employercode.pdfThe example above is page 249
Thank you once again, I'll let you get on with other work. Goodbye.