The employment tribunal in a recent case has held that veganism is a philosophical belief and therefore attracts the protection of the Equality Act 2010.
Jordi Casamitjana was dismissed from the League Against Cruel Sports after highlighting to fellow employees that the League had invested pension funds in firms involved with animal testing. Although the League Against Cruel Sports argued that Mr Casamitijana was dismissed for gross misconduct, Mr Casamitjana claimed that the decision to dismiss him was due to his ethical veganism.
The Employment Judge hearing the case has ruled that ethical veganism was important and worthy of respect and therefore should be protected in the similar fashion to employees who hold religious beliefs.
The Equality Act 2010 protects philosophical beliefs that meet certain criteria. The criteria states that the belief needs to be genuinely held and is worthy of respect in a democratic society, compatible with human rights and does not conflict with the fundamental rights of others.
Our employment team believes that this is an interesting case in world of employment law and a positive outcome for ethical vegans.
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