Tackling Religious Intolerance and Discrimination at the Workplace
In the framework of his mandate and in cooperation with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief organized an Expert Workshop on Tackling Religious Intolerance and Discrimination at the Workplace. The event took place between 6 and 7 March of 2014, in Geneva, Switzerland.
The workshop aimed to explore how the right to freedom of thought, conscience, religion or belief can be appropriately implemented at the workplace and what measures States and other stakeholders should take to overcome intolerance and discrimination in employment.
The workshop purposed to provide a platform to discuss policy directions, experiences and approaches to achieving freedom of religion or belief and preventing discrimination on the grounds of religion or belief in the workplace. It also offered an opportunity to reflect on the possible application of the duty to provide reasonable accommodation and compare experiences with other equality grounds.
The workshop focused on employment relations which have already come into existence, not on the question of non-discriminatory accessibility of employment.
The findings of the expert workshop should inform the Special Rapporteur’s forthcoming report on this subject.
The expert workshop brought together over 20 participants from different professional and geographical backgrounds. Participants invited to the workshop included academic experts, legal practitioners and social partners with expertise in the fields of freedom of religion or belief, human rights and non-discrimination and equal treatment law, including representatives of religious groups and associations, international organizations, trade unions, employers’ associations, and non-governmental organizations.