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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.
4 Jan 2021
Many aspects of the Covid-19 pandemic divide opinion in the workforce, and vaccines are a hot topic at the moment....
24 Sep 2020
Stoicism – an ancient philosophy – is a protected characteristic, rules tribunal.
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...