Labour Research February 2020

Law Matters

Veganism is protected

An employment tribunal has concluded that ethical veganism is a “philosophical belief” and, as such, a protected characteristic under the Equality Act 2010 (see Labour Research, January 2020, page 21).

The decision was made at a preliminary hearing in the case of Jordi Casamitjana, who claims he was dismissed by the League Against Cruel Sports after disclosing that the charity had invested pension funds in firms involved in animal testing. 

The tribunal has yet to hear the full claim.