UK Employment Tribunal: Vegans Protected from Discrimination

​A United Kingdom employment tribunal ruled that veganism is a philosophical belief under the Equality Act, meaning that vegans are entitled to protection from discrimination because of this belief.

The plaintiff’s belief met the judicial guidelines for identifying a relevant philosophical belief, but also the employer did not dispute that veganism would be capable of protection. He brought a claim against his former employer, League against Cruel Sports, for unlawful discrimination following his dismissal, which the employer said was for gross misconduct.

The plaintiff, an ethical vegan, alerted his employer to the fact that its pension fund invested in companies that carried out animal testing, which was against his belief in veganism. As the…

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Credit to Emma Bartlett, © Charles Russell Speechlys LLP for the original post.

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