Vegan’s belief system protected under equality law

06 Jan 2020

Ethical veganism satisfies the legal tests required to amount to a philosophical belief for the purposes of equality law, an employment judge has determined.

In a short summary judgment, Judge Robin Postle decided that ethical veganism is in principle a protected characteristic under the Equality Act 2010, however, the decision is of limited significance.

In this case, The League Against Cruel Sports (the employer) had dismissed Jordi Casamitjana from his position as head of policy and research for alleged gross misconduct.

His dismissal was not related to his ethical beliefs.

Casamitjana, a zoologist by profession, is a vegan holding to strict beliefs affecting how he lives his entire life.

He has stat...

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