Ethical Veganism ruled a belief protected by law

Thursday 16th January 2020 | Jake

A sign of the times?

In the very first month of 2020, ethical veganism has been ruled by an employment tribunal as a philosophical belief, protected by the law from discrimination. The landmark case was brought by Jordi Casamitjana against his former employers, the League Against Cruel Sports (LACS). Casamitjana says he was sacked because of his ethical veganism.

According to the BBC, the judge acknowledge ethical vegans are entitled to similar legal protections as those with religious beliefs. The BBC noted the judge had not found for or against Casamitjana in his dismissal case just yet, and will rule at a later date.


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LACS claim Casamitjana was sacked for gross misconduct, after he complained to colleagues that the charity’s pension fund was investing in companies involved in animal testing.

Peter Daly, an employment lawyer from Slater and Gordon and Casamitjana’s solicitor, believes the ruling “was the first of a two-part employment tribunal,” the Guardian quoted him saying. He continued: “The recognition of ethical veganism as a protected characteristic under the Equality Act 2010 will have potentially significant effects on employment and the workplace, education, transport and the provision of goods and services.”

Ethical vegans eat a plant-based diet, but differ from dietary vegans by trying to avoid any animal products. For example, ethical vegans avoid wearing wool or leather.

For a better understanding of philosophical and religious discrimation in the workplace, see here