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Is it discrimination to ask a colleague if they support IS?

May 18, 2018

 The EAT has upheld an employment tribunal's decision that a Muslim employee, had not suffered religious harassment when a colleague, asked him if he still supported Islamic State (IS), a terrorist organisation.

 

Although the conduct was unwanted and humiliating to the claimant, it was not, viewed in context, "related to" religion.  This was based on the fact that earlier in the month, the employee had been telling his colleague about a report by a journalist portraying IS fighters in a favourable light.  The tribunal was satisfied that the colleague had made the remark because of this previous conversation, and not because of the employee’s religion.

 

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