The Employment Tribunal sitting at Norwich has ruled that ethical veganism is a philosophical belief in an unfair dismissal case brought by Mr Casamitjana against the League Against Cruel Sports. Before a decision can be made by the ET regarding whether or not the Claimant was dismissed for gross misconduct, they had to decide whether ethical veganism was capable of protection under the Equality Act 2010.
Whilst the ET has ruled that it is, it is important to note that the case has not actually changed the law. This judgement has only been ruled at first instance and so may not be followed in the future. However, it promotes awareness of the issue and gives employers guidance on the treatment of ethical veganism in relation to its employees. As the popularity of veganism continues to grow in the light of rising environmental concerns, the important issues addressed in this case may continue to increase in the future.
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