22 Nov, 2022 by Marianne Favre Moreillon

Freedom of conscience, beliefs and religion at work in Swiss law

22 Nov, 2022 by Marianne Favre Moreillon

Is freedom of belief protected in the workplace? What are the employer's rights in this context? Can the employee display his or her faith in the workplace? Can the employee demand a prayer room or modified working hours? What should be done in case of conflicts on this subject? What measures should be taken? Does the employer engage his responsibility?

Freedom of belief and conscience is a fundamental right protected by the Federal Constitution. This freedom to practice one's religion and to express one's religious convictions may be limited in the employment relationship by the overriding interests of the company.

This article develops the following topics:

  • protection of freedom of belief in the workplace
  • Employer's directives in relation to religion in the workplace
  • the right to display one's religious beliefs and the limits thereof
  • conditions for the legality of a ban on wearing the veil
  • equal treatment
  • disputes related to religion
  • employer's liability for workplace conflicts

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