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United Kingdom: Conflicts of belief in the workplace – forging a path

OpinionUnited Kingdom: Conflicts of belief in the workplace – forging a path

In brief

In an article for PLC Magazine, Monica Kurnatowska explores recent case law around conflicts of belief in the workplace and how employers can approach these situations in practice with hypothetical scenarios. Monica identifies the key principles that emerge from the case law that employers should take into consideration, namely:

  1. The importance of freedom of speech and expression
  2. There is no right not to be offended
  3. Consider the context – determining whether something is objectionable will be context specific
  4. Do not make assumptions about an employee’s views or what an individual might do
  5. Ensure your policies are clear and employees are regularly given training that all beliefs are treated equally
  6. The importance of even-handed leadership
  7. The need to handle complaints with care
  8. Take a balanced approach

This article first appeared in the September 2023 issue of PLC Magazine. Click here to access the full briefing.

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