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Protection for Ethical Vegans

An Employment Tribunal has found that ethical vegans have a philosophical belief that is protected under the Equality Act 2010.

It was held that those who hold this belief should have the same level of protection as those who hold religious beliefs.

The tribunal judge was of the view that the belief was worthy of respect in a democratic society, was not incompatible with human dignity and did not conflict with the fundamental rights of others.

Although this was only a first tier tribunal decision (and so isn’t actually legal binding), the widely reported decision will nonetheless mean that employers will need to ensure that those who hold such beliefs are protected in the workplace (for example from mocking or name calling) in the same way as the other protected characteristics under the Equality Act of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, sex and sexual orientation.

Posted on: 03/Jan/2020 Posted in: Employment Law
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