Byline: John Duckers Business Editor
New laws designed to tackle religious discrimination could have a big effect in the Midlands. The Employment Equality (Religion or Belief) Regulations 2003 are designed to close loopholes in Britain's existing equality and discrimination laws.
Veronica Dean, spokeswoman on employment law for Birmingham Law Society, says the West Midlands will feel the full brunt of the new laws, due to the region's ethnic and religious diversity, putting employers in the front line when the changes come into effect on Tuesday.
While it is currently impossible for employers to discriminate against or harass their staff on the grounds of …