The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) doing a U-turn? Is it time to break out the champagne?
Over the last few days surprising and unexpected news broke over what appears to be a significant U-turn by the The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) on religious rights.
You can read the EHRC press release here. It begins thusly:
Judges have interpreted the law too narrowly in religion or belief discrimination claims, the Commission has said in its application to intervene in four cases at the European Court of Human Rights all involving religious discrimination in the workplace.
If given leave to intervene, the Commission will argue that the way existing human rights and equality law has been interpreted by judges is insufficient to protect freedom of religion or belief.
It will say that the courts have set the bar too high for someone to prove that they have been discriminated against because of their religion or belief; and that it is possible to accommodate expression of religion alongside the rights of people who are not religious and the needs of businesses.
I don’t know about you, but wow.
For a legal analysis I’d suggest the Employment Law Blog.
Here’s Christian Concern’s press release.
So, is it time to to break out the champagne?
UPDATE: Roger Pearse has just re-blogged on this.