Creating a fairer Britain
The Equality Act came into force on 1 October 2010. Some of the information on this page may be out of date.
Religious discrimination can occur when you don’t have the same religious or philosophical beliefs as someone else, or because you have no religious beliefs, and because of that someone treats you less favourably than somebody else who does share their religion or belief.
It can also happen because of the religious or philosophical beliefs of someone you are associated with, or if someone thinks you have certain beliefs when actually you do not.
There are four types of discrimination on grounds of religion or belief. Religious hate crimes are a criminal matter and are dealt with by the police.