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Protection against discrimination in the Equality Act 2010 goes beyond safeguarding employees' religious beliefs to cover “philosophical beliefs” as well. Employees who hold a “philosophical belief” that meets the test set out in case law are protected against direct and indirect belief discrimination, harassment and victimisation because of their belief.
What constitutes a “philosophical belief” under the Equality Act 2010 is a matter of fact in each case. Employment tribunals will apply the test in Grainger plc v Nicholson, in which the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) set out five hurdles that must be jumped for a philosophical belief to come within the Equality Act 2010. The EAT found that a deeply held belief that “mankind is duty-bound to act on catastrophic climate change” was protected under the Equality Act 2010.
18 Feb 2020
Following last month’s landmark ruling that ethical veganism qualifies as a philosophical belief for the purposes of the Equality Act,...
17 Jan 2020
While having a dress code can help project a professional image, employers need to be careful that their policies do...
16 Jan 2020
What does the “ethical veganism as a philosophical belief” ruling really mean and does it mark a change in law?...
3 Jan 2020
Ethical veganism should be protected under the Equality Act 2010.
1 Jan 2020
An employment tribunal in January will consider whether ethical veganism should be protected under discrimination law – and could have major ramifications for organisations.
19 Dec 2019
A woman who lost her job at a charity because she tweeted that transgender women cannot change their biological sex...
14 Nov 2019
An employment tribunal is examining the loss of employment of a tax expert after she had publicised her views on transgender rights: a landmark case.
12 Nov 2019
How can employers prevent employees from electioneering at work? Should the workforce be banned from highlighting their political allegiances in...
6 Nov 2019
Employers sometimes make the headlines over their policy on staff wearing a poppy in the workplace. We set out the...
18 Oct 2019
A former Mulberry designer who refused to sign a copyright agreement because she had a “philosophical belief” in the right...
15 Oct 2019
As the debate over Brexit reaches a crescendo and leavers and remainers disagree on what should happen next, Richard Fox...
16 Sep 2019
Vegetarians cannot be victims of discrimination, a judge has held, after a tribunal found it could not be described as...
15 Aug 2019
The case involving a Northern Irish bakery that refused to make a cake with a message supporting gay marriage will...
9 May 2019
Employers need to work much harder to consider the needs of vegan employees and treat them with respect, or risk running into legal difficulties, an employment law firm has warned.