An employment tribunal judge has ruled that ethical veganism is capable of amounting to a philosophical belief under the Equality Act 2010. Jordi Casamitjana claims that he was dismissed by the League Against Cruel Sports, an animal welfare charity, after disclosing that the charity’s pension fund invested in companies involved in animal testing. Mr Casamitjana says when he drew his bosses’ attention to the pension fund investments, they did nothing, so he informed colleagues and was sacked as a result.
League Against Cruel Sports alleges that Mr Casamitjana was dismissed for gross misconduct for reasons unconnected with his veganism; this issue is yet to be determined at a hearing next month.
The judge ruled that ethical vegans should be entitled to similar legal protections in British workplaces as those who hold religious beliefs.
The tribunal’s ruling in the preliminary hearing was given orally, but we understand that written reasons have been requested. A full report on this case will follow once the written reasons have been published.