The Work Place

Bibliography on the Research Area dealing with the WORK PLACE (WP4)

Research Area dealing with the WORK PLACE (WP4)

 

ALIDADI, K., Religion and the Workplace, State of the Art Report, RELIGARE Paper No. 3, September 2010.

 

ALIDADI, K., “Opening Doors to Muslim Minorities in the Workplace? From India's Employment Quota to EU and Belgian Anti-Discrimination Legislation”, Pace International Law Review, 23 (1), 2011, 148-214.

 

A Test of Faith? Religious Diversity and Accommodation in the European Workplace

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Katayoun Alidadi, Marie-Claire Foblets and Jogchum Vrielink (Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium)
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Ashgate Publishing Firm. Series : Cultural Diversity and Law in Association with RELIGARE
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Issues of religious diversity in the workplace have become very topical and have been raised before domestic courts and the European Court of Human Rights. Examining the controversial and constantly evolving position of religion in the workplace, this collection brings together chapters by legal and social science scholars and provides a wealth of information on legal responses across Europe, Turkey and the United States to conflicts between professional and religious obligations involving employees and employers.

 

The contributors examine how case law from the European Court of Human Rights, domestic experiences and comparative analyses can indicate trends and reveal established and innovative approaches. This multi-perspective volume will be relevant for legal practitioners, researchers, academics and policy-makers interested in human rights law, discrimination law, labour law and the intersection of law and religion.

 

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A comparative legal study addressing religious or belief discrimination in employment and reasonable accommodations for employees’ religious or philosophical beliefs or practice

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Katayoun Alidadi
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RELIGARE Policy Brief
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Challenges with the position of Islam have been most visible, prompting a number of states to adopt restrictive measures on religious dress, family life and places of worship.

Issues related to religion and belief have become increasingly topical in Europe’s workplaces, illustrating that the idea that religion or belief should remain confined to the private lives of individuals is untenable in present day Europe.

Cases from across Europe illustrate how some religious practices, beliefs and identities pervade various or all aspects of individual lives and that religion or belief is important to employees and employers in the workplace. The available European and national case law and sociological data show that tensions and conflicts have arisen with regard to religious dress and grooming requirements, opportunities to take time-off for employees to observe religious holidays and other practices and certain job tasks and conditions that run counter to some religious or philosophical rules and practices. These issues have arisen in both private and public sector employment.

This policy brief relates to both sectors of employment, but does not address in particular the case of churches and public or private organisations whose ethos is based on religion or belief.

An Account of the International RELIGARE Symposium on “Religious Diversity & the European Workplace”

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Martin Ramstedt
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RELIGARE Event Report
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In this Report, Martin Ramstedt analyse and summarizes the main discussions that took place during the International RELIGARE Symposium on “Religious Diversity & the European Workplace” which took place on the 13th January 2011 at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium.

International symposium "Religious Diversity in the European Workplace" - 13 January 2011, Leuven, Belgium

On 13 January 2011, the research group working on 'The Workplace' (Work Package 4) organised an International Symposium titled "Religious Diversity & the European Workplace" at the Catholic University of Leuven (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven).     

 

International symposium "Religious Diversity in the European Workplace" - 13 January 2011, Leuven, Belgium

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The Law Faculty of the Catholic University of Leuven organized an International Symposium  on the 13 January 2011 under the umbrella of RELIGARE. This event took place on the occasion of the first year of the project with a view to bring together junior and senior scholars from a range of disciplines and practitioners to exchange experiences and ideas.

State of the Art Report: Religion and the Workplace

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Author(s): 
Katayoun Alidadi
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RELIGARE State of the Art Report
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A Christian tram conductor seeks to wear a necklace with cross despite the no-jewelry company dress code, a Muslim saleswoman wants to wear a headscarf on the job even though her manager has stated this would be bad for business, factory workers request facilities separate from the locker rooms so they can pray during work breaks. These cases that have recently come up in various European countries illustrate that equality and non discrimination on the basis of religion, and freedom of religion in the workplace is of crucial importance in today‟s Europe.
Considering the time workers spend in the workplace and the increasing importance of religious identity amongst certain groups, potential tensions between professional and religious duties, and requests for de facto accommodations are bound to keep coming up. Thus, within the larger RELIGARE project a key role is set for the work package on religion and the workplace.
RELIGARE does not aim to „re-invent the wheel‟ but rather to add value to the field by filling perceived gaps in the existing research. The work being organised in different stages, this paper fits within the first status questionis phase where available materials are collected and reviewed. This paper makes a modest attempt to describe the available research and issues in the intersecting fields of labour law, religious freedom and non-discrimination.

Louis-Léon Christians

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Louis-Léon
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Christians
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Researcher

Louis-Léon Christians is a professor and head of the «Chair for Law and Religion » at the Université catholique de Louvain (UCL), and since 2008, president of the interdisciplinary master in Religious Studies. He is also a visiting professor at the Catholic Institute of Paris, and the University of Paris XI, and an expert for the Council of Europe on religious affairs and for the Fundamental Right Agency Plateforme (FRA-EU).

The Work Place

The main objective of this team is a policy-oriented reflection on the derogations made in the field of labour law for religious legal systems and for individuals for reason of their religious convictions and practices. This research area covers issues related to individual religious freedom and non-discrimination on basis of religion and beliefs in the workplace as well as the special provisions made in the area of labour law for churches and religious-ethos companies.

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