Can a vegetarian claim discrimination under the Equality Act 2010?

In this episode of the podcast I cover a recent case decided by the Norwich Employment Tribunal as to whether a vegetarian employee could claim protection from discrimination on the grounds of vegetarianism.

In this episode I will cover:

  • A background to the law.
  • How the employment tribunal determine a ‘philosophical belief’.
  • Why it is a ‘hot topic’ currently.
  • How it is related to a similar case about veganism.
  • What you should take from this case as an employer.

Action Points

  1. Create a working environment where differences and beliefs are celebrated and accepted.
  2. Behave fairly and reasonably to all employees regardless of your views on their beliefs.
  3. Have your rules and codes of conduct and behaviour set out in writing and communicated to all employees.
  4. Seek advice if you are unsure.

Resources

Others-3335357-2018-OPH_Reserved_Judgment.pdf">Conisbee v Crossley Farms Limited & Others – Employment Tribunal 

Article on Philosophical Beliefs and the Vegan Case

Please do leave any comments, ideas and best practice below. Please ensure that any comments are respectful to all views and opinions.

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