Together with article 261 of the Swiss Criminal Code (CC), Article 15 on the freedom of religion and conscience of the Federal Constitution forms the foundation of the country’s freedom of culture and belief.
Freedom of religion is discussed accordingly in Swiss employment law - dismissal on the grounds of religious belief is defined as unfair. The protection against dismissal also extends to the acknowledgement and safeguarding of the employees’ personality rights. The employer must have due regard for their health and ensure that proper moral standards are maintained (Article 328, section 1, Swiss Code of Obligations). Even though this article mainly serves the purpose of protecting employees from sexual harassment, acknowledging and safeguarding personality rights also provides protection against religious discrimination.
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