The Employers Forum on Belief says closing down over Christmas is ‘indirect discrimination’. The Forum, comprising major employers like Barclays, Sainsbury’s, West Midlands Police and the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, advises that shutting offices could be resented by members of other faiths. They have to use up their holidays for their own religious festivals while Christians are given time off for Christmas. The Forum suggests that companies can ease tension by pointing out that shutting down at this time makes economic sense, and admits that celebrating Christmas should not offend minorities, yet recommends avoiding the use of religious-looking seasonal decorations.
Source: Daily Telegraph (21/11)