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Religious harassment: context all-important

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An EAT decision provides a reminder that the context in which offensive words are spoken is all-important in a claim for religious harassment. The EAT held that an employment tribunal had been right to reject a Catholic sub-editor’s religious harassment claim, which arose when his line manager shouted a comment across a busy newsroom about the Pope that contained an expletive. Although the comment was arguably disrespectful, it did not amount to religious harassment.

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